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Dentons | Canada | 20 May 2022

Québec’s Bill 96: Implications of the French language law for trademark owners

Nearly one year ago, on May 26, 2021, the Québec provincial government introduced Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language…
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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 17 May 2022

Delays in Canadian trademark examination prompt CIPO “pre-assessment” letters

In the last few years, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) received higher than anticipated trademark application filings. Currently…
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Gowling WLG | Canada | 27 Apr 2022

CIPO using AI technology to assist with examination backlog

In an effort to reduce the significant backlog of pending trademark applications in Canada, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") has…
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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 8 Apr 2022

CIPO releases its first decision under new due care standard for patent prosecution

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has published notice of its first decision under the new due care standard for patent prosecution…
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Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 16 Mar 2022

2021 Year in Review: Cleantech

Set against the backdrop of COP26, 2021 was an interesting year for the Canadian cleantech industry, with continued progress and growth in relation to…
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Bereskin & Parr LLP | Canada | 9 Mar 2022

2021 Year in Review: COVID-19

COVID-19 remained an area of rapid innovation in 2021. Regulators continued rapid approval of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. Their work…
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Baker McKenzie | Canada | 23 Feb 2022

Welcome to the machine? Canadian copyright protection of AI-generated painting

The fact the Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently accepted an application to register copyright in a painting is no big deal. However, it…
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Smart & Biggar | Canada | 21 Feb 2022

Canadian patent law 2021: part two

2021 saw changes in Canadian patent legislation and a variety of court decisions addressing rarely interpreted provisions of the Patent Act, early consideration of recently enacted provisions and new takes on central tenets of patent law. This article is part of a series that highlights statutory changes and a selection of the most interesting patent cases reported in 2021.
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Smart & Biggar | Canada | 21 Feb 2022

Canadian patent law 2021: part one

2021 saw changes in Canadian patent legislation and a variety of court decisions addressing rarely interpreted provisions of the Patent Act, early consideration of recently enacted provisions and new takes on central tenets of patent law. This article is part of a series that highlights statutory changes and a selection of the most interesting patent cases reported in 2021.
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Smart & Biggar | Canada | 7 Feb 2022

Canadian trademark law 2021: year in review

This article looks back at key developments in Canadian trademark practice during 2021 and highlights a number of notable Canadian trademark cases and decisions. These include reminders of the challenges of enforcing inherently weak trademarks and the importance and benefits of registering IP rights at the border. Amid ongoing delays at Canadian Intellectual Property Office, brand owners also......
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