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Canada’s journey to patent law reform: what you need to know about the revised act and rules

Smart & Biggar


Join experts from Smart & Biggar to learn about the new Canadian patent law rules that take effect on October 30 and will affect innovators and companies doing business in Canada. 

Canada will complete its long journey of patent law reform, which began in 2014. With the new Patent Rules, the last of the major amendments to the Patent Act come into force on 30 October.

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

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

  • 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 that are already in force, and that have changed local patent law as it relates to:

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

This presentation is designed for in-house counsel across industries and private practice lawyers from other jurisdictions.


Daphne Lainson
Partner, Patents (Life Science), Smart & Biggar

Daphne Lainson has been assisting clients with securing patent protection for their innovations for almost two decades.  She specializes 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), Smart & Biggar

Matthew Zischka has over 20 years’ experience helping clients secure and exploit intellectual property 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


7 November 2019
16:00 - 16:55 UTC
55 min