Natalie Raffoul Named in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Natalie Raffoul, managing partner at Brion Raffoul, is profiled in the 2020 edition of the IAM Strategy 300. This global listing identifies “individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of intellectual property (IP) portfolios.”  Ms. Raffoul’s experience advising small and medium-sized enterprises through every step …

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Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight Part 1: Artificial Intelligence

By Tina Dekker, Art Brion, Dennis Haszko Welcome to Part 1 of Brion Raffoul’s Patent Spotlight! In this series, we will highlight new and interesting patents from various fields as inspiration to businesses and innovators. A patent’s value to a business is not always evident and can be often misunderstood. By sharing recent patent stories …

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COVID-19 Crisis: Canadian Government amends Patent Act to produce patented medical supplies

By Liz Gray and Natalie Raffoul Last week, the Government of Canada passed an omnibus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis that adds special powers to the Patent Act to ensure medical supplies, medication or vaccines can be produced locally. Under the new Section 19.4(1), upon application of the Minister of Health, the Commissioner …

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Offering for sale could be a public disclosure of your invention: get patent pending before selling!

By: Dennis Haszko Generating income is typically top of mind for any business. For technology companies, this often means that sales and marketing go hand-in-hand with product development. During product development, confidential clauses in agreements shield companies from public disclosure of the invention. However, the United States has an “on-sale” bar which prevents one from …

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File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada – How Far Are the Courts Willing to Go?

By: Stacey Dunn Since the coming-into-force date of new section 53.1 of the Patent Act in December 2018, Canadian practitioners have been waiting to see how broad this “file wrapper estoppel” provision will be interpreted. Recently, the Federal Court released a decision that expands the scope of s. 53.1 to potentially include foreign prosecution file …

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Check out Natalie Raffoul’s Podcast on The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout

The Millionaires Lawyer: From Startup to Payout Podcast launched their newest episode entitled “Natalie Raffoul – Patent and Trademark Queen”. If you have any questions regarding IP strategy, check out this podcast! Natalie goes through some of the misconceptions surrounding patenting, especially in the high tech and software space. She also goes through how start-ups …

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