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Why register your brands with the Amazon Brand Registry

If you sell your products on Amazon, you can benefit from enrolling your trademarks with the Amazon Brand Registry. The Amazon Registry is a free program accessible to monitor brands on Amazon’s website. This program includes …

GGD awarded with the Corporate Insiders 2017 Legal Awards for Excellence in Patent Law – Canada

On February 6, 2018, Corporate Insiders published the highly anticipated Corporate Insider 2017 Legal Awards winners guide. This list honors law firms recognized for their excellence in service and expertise, and includes some of the most …

The Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into effect today!

It is today, September 21st 2017, that Bill C-30[1] comes into force. As a result of its provisions, several Canadian laws are amended in order to allow for implementation of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and …

What every agri-food company must know about the new geographical indications which will come into force on September 21st

While negotiating the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) with the European Union, Canada has agreed to modify its legislative scheme governing Geographical Indications («GIs»). In this context, Canada has recognized …

Medical use claims not involving the professional skill of a physician are patent-eligible in Canada.

In a previous newsletter[1], we discussed a change in Canadian patent practice in respect of the patent-eligibility of claims relating to medical uses, further to a decision from the Federal Court[2]. Following this decision, the Canadian …

The Promise Doctrine is Struck Down by the Supreme Court of Canada

On June 30th, 2017, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the relatively new so-called “promise doctrine”. The lower courts had found the patent invalid based on this doctrine in that the patent …

A picture is worth a thousand woes!

A recent Federal Court decision[1] reiterates the importance of protecting the main design elements featured on products and packaging. This decision also recalls the dangers of too closely mimicking the appearance of a competitor’s products. In …

Getting on the fast track: Accelerating patent examination in Canada

Would you like to obtain a Canadian patent quickly? You’re in luck – mechanisms are available to accelerate patent examination at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), depending on the technology, the situation and your particular …

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office invites trade-mark owners to comply with the classification system for goods and services

Amendments will be made to the Trade-marks Act requiring trade-mark owners to classify their goods and services in accordance with the Nice Classification system. The date of entry into force of these amendments has yet to …

Exemptions to infringement for research under Canadian law

Various jurisdictions provide exemptions to patent infringement based on research or non-commercial activities.  Canada is no exception (pun intended) and provides both statutory and common law exemptions to patent infringement. Statutory Exemption The statutory exemption to …