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Industrial Design, Patent

Making full use of IP tools

Over the past decade or so, the attitude of Canadian courts towards borderline utilitarian copyrighted works has shifted towards recognition of the skill and judgment that makes such works subject to copyright.
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Patent

Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is an international framework in which patent prosecution may be accelerated in one jurisdiction if the claims in a corresponding application are allowed by a second jurisdiction. The two jurisdictions must have a bilateral PPH agreement.
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Patent

Patent Application in Canada

When I was in grad school, aspiring towards a career in academia, the mantra drummed into our psyche was “publish or perish”. In order to advance one’s career, you had to publish as many research papers as possible, in peer-reviewed journals. Without an extensive publication list, one’s career aspirations would perish. Thus, the impetus to publish – even an abstract – as quickly as possible.
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Patent

Maintenance Fee Misadventures — With a Twist!

Maintenance fee payment is an area of patent practice that is particularly fraught with danger for patent applicants and patent agents alike, as troubling cases that impose serious liability and/or loss of rights emerge regularly in Canadian jurisprudence.
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Domain Name

UPDATE: Trademark Clearinghouse

The Trademark Clearinghouse providers will: (i) verify trademark data; and (ii) maintain a database with the verified trademark records.
There are four types of eligible marks for inclusion in the Clearinghouse:
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