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Canadian patent law reform: be ready for changes today and tomorrow

Smart & Biggar


Join this timely webinar to learn about recent and upcoming changes to the Canadian Patent Act and Rules that may affect innovators and companies doing business in Canada. 

This year, Canada is expected to complete its long journey of patent law reform, which began in earnest in 2014. With the new draft Patent Rules, the last of the major amendments to the Patent Act are expected to come into force this year.

While the amendments will render Canada compliant with the Patent Law Treaty, there are aspects of the new law which go well beyond the treaty and which are unique to Canada.

This webinar will provide you with practical guidance in order to prepare you for the changes, including:

• new fee payment rules, and avoiding terminal loss of rights;
• changes to filing and national phase entry requirements;
• new, shortened prosecution deadlines; and
• changes to amendment practice, including after allowance and post-grant.

In addition, the webinar will review important new provisions of the Canadian Patent Act which are already in force and which have changed local patent law as it relates to:

• prosecution history estoppel;
• experimental use;
• prior user rights;
• standard-essential patents; and
• demand letters.


Daphne Lainson
Partner, patents (life sciences)

Daphne Lainson has been assisting clients with securing patent protection for their innovations for almost two decades.  She specialises in securing patent protection for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related inventions, helping clients protect their inventions in new drugs, biologics, medical devices, consumer products, agrochemicals, specialty chemicals, industrial chemical processes, oil, gas and petrochemicals. She also provides advice to clients on pharmaceutical regulatory law.               

Matthew Zischka
Partner, patents (EE and mechanical)

Matthew Zischka has over 20 years’ experience helping clients secure and exploit IP rights. His experience extends from simple mechanical inventions to complex inventions in the telecommunications, microprocessor and graphics industries and his practice focuses heavily on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical, software, electronics, mechanical, electro-mechanical, scientific and medical devices fields.


Daphne Lainson
Matthew Zischka


25 March 2019
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min