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By Katie Wang,
Litigation, Patent

Promise Doctrine Rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada

On June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated landmark decision in AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (2017 SCC 36) in which it considered the so-called “promise doctrine”. The Supreme Court of Canada has found the “promise doctrine” to be “unsound”, “not good law” and “incongruent with both the words and scheme of the Patent Act.”
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By Aventum IP Law,
Trademark

Upcoming Changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act

Canada will be making substantive changes to its trademark laws. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has confirmed that it now plans to implement the amendments to the Trademarks Act in early 2019 and has just released the proposed changes to the Regulations which are required in order to facilitate the implementation of the amendments.
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By Ashley Dumouchel,
Intellectual Property

Canada’s anti-spam laws are changing

Canada has implemented anti-spam legislation that affects the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to and from Canadians. This legislation affects organizations both inside of Canada and out – if a foreign organization is sending commercial or promotional information to Canadian recipients electronically, such communication is covered by the legislation.
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By Aventum IP Law,
Trademark

The Importance of Trademark Monitoring

You have found yourself in the enviable position of having a successful business with a recognizable brand name. You did your due diligence: Before selecting your brand name, you consulted your trademark agent to make sure your idea was registrable. You searched the marketplace to make sure you would not interfere with the rights of others. You sought protection for that brand name by registering it as a trademark and you spent significant resources promoting the brand name to the public. You did everything right.
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By Mark Weir,
Industrial Design, Patent

I Just Disclosed My Invention – Can I Still Protect It?

A patent may be granted for an invention if it meets all of the statutory requirements including novelty, non-obviousness and utility. Industrial design protection may similarly be granted for new designs. In both cases, there is a requirement that the subject matter for which protection is being sought must not already be available to the public.
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