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We Promise that it is Still Worthwhile to File Pharma Patents in Canada
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • November 10 2016

The “promise doctrine” is getting a lot of press in the pharma industry. We know that some big pharma companies are ticked off, for example, from Eli


Canadian Patent Term Extension - Bill is in the House
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada, European Union
  • November 2 2016

Canada and Europe finally signed off on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement ("CETA"). Its most significant aspect for the pharma industry


Canada’s Drug Linkage Regulations Finally Grow Up - Becoming a Full Action
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • November 2 2016

Canada is taking steps to streamline drug patent owners' ability to enforce their patents. These steps should reduce the multiplicity of litigation


Evolution of the Common General Knowledge: Humanized Antibody Claims Upheld at the Canadian Patent Appeal Board
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • August 26 2016

Applicants prevailed in the recent Commissioner’s Decision Re Chugai Seiyaku and Kabushiki Kaisha (CD 1398, hereinafter “Kaisha”) 1 from the Patent


Patenting Polymorphs of Crystals Internationally
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada, European Union, Japan, USA
  • June 27 2016

Polymorphs are patentable subject matter in Canada and the U.S. Our prior article discussed some best practices to differentiate a new polymorph from


Looking into the Crystal Ball - Protecting Polymporphs to Lengthen the Drug Patent Life Cycle
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • June 7 2016

Innovative pharmaceutical companies are increasingly attempting to patent improved forms of their original drug compound. Crystalline forms of a drug


Developing a Patent Family Bigger than the Brady Bunch
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • June 2 2016

New drugs require a huge amount of innovation, time, capital and risk to get to market. Nobody should begrudge a drug company for seeking strong


Supreme Court Promises to Review Contentious Patent Matter
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • March 14 2016

At long last, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case involving the promise of the patent. The promise of the patent is a judge-made doctrine in


Leave to Appeal to SCC: AstraZeneca Canada Inc et al v Apotex Inc et al (FCCA)
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • March 10 2016

On March 10, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada granted AstraZeneca Canada Inc.'s ("AstraZeneca") application for leave to appeal from the decision of


Gene Patents Remain Valid in Canada
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • March 10 2016

The case involving a Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (“CHEO”) challenge to an isolated gene patent has settled. For background on the case and