Supreme Court of Canada eliminates Promise of Patent Doctrine

On June 30, 2017, in Case Law, Legislation, News, Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

In an exciting decision released today, the Supreme Court of Canada eliminates the Promise Doctrine in Canadian patent law, which was established by the Federal Courts of Canada some years ago. Under the Promise Doctrine, patents could be invalidated if they did not live up to all of the promises made in the patent, such as […]

Features of Colour! Now part of a Combination of Features Protectable as a Canadian Industrial Design

On January 16, 2017, in Industrial Design, Legislation, News, by Natalie Raffoul

We are excited to report that the Industrial Design Office now takes the position that colour may form part of a combination of features that constitute a design as defined in section 2 of the Industrial Design Act.  However, colour as the sole design feature is not considered to fall within the definition of a design. […]

Attention Quebec Retailers! New French Language Regulations Coming Soon

On November 14, 2016, in Legislation, News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

The Quebec government introduced amendments to the Charter of the French Language that will come into force on November 24, 2016.  As a result, all Quebec businesses will now be required to add French words to their non-French trademarks on all outdoor signage.  This means that retailers like WALMART or BEST BUY will now need […]

Quebec and Saskatchewan to legislate Patent Box Incentives

On March 22, 2016, in Legislation, News, Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

Quebec and Saskatchewan are the first provinces in Canada to announce fiscal incentives for companies commercializing intellectual property. On March 17, 2016, Quebec’s Minister of Finance announced a “patent box” that would lower tax rates on revenue attributable to patents for inventions developed in Quebec as part of the provincial budget coming into effect on […]