C+BR Recognized as 2015 Patents Law Firm of the Year in Canada

On October 8, 2015, in Awards, Designs, Patents, Trademarks, by Natalie Raffoul

Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul is pleased to announce its recognition in the Legal Awards 2015 as “Patents Law Firm of the Year – Canada” by Lawyer Monthly (a UK-based publication).  C+BR was one of six law firms recognized in Canada, and in the company of about one hundred law firms worldwide.  Each recipient was subject to […]


On November 28, 2011, in News, Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) largely approved Justice Phelan’s reasons in the lower court.  “I agree that no Canadian jurisprudence determines conclusively that a business method cannot be patentable subject matter.”  However, the FCA critized Justice Phelan’s “practical embodiment or practical application” test. The FCA allowed Amazon.com’s appeal from the Commission and requires the Commissioner […]

Canadian Federal Court of Appeal Rejects “Lack of Good Faith” as Grounds for Patent Invalidation

On September 27, 2011, in News, Patents, by Rigadoon New Media

A recent Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision in the case of Corlac Inc. et al. v. Weatherford Canada Limited et al. has clarified Canada’s position on “lack of good faith” as suitable grounds for patent invalidation. Originally, Weatherford Canada Ltd., licensee of Canadian Patent No. 2,095,937 (the ‘937 patent), brought an infringement action against […]

PCT and CIPO Test Drive the Patent Prosecution Highway

On March 10, 2011, in Patents, by Rigadoon New Media

Beginning January 31, 2011, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) have entered into a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement, similar to PPH agreements between CIPO and Patent Offices in the US, Germany and Japan, among others.  The agreement will run for a two year trial period and allows […]

Canadian Federal Court decides that business methods are patentable subject matter in Canada

On October 17, 2010, in Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

AMAZON.COM, INC. (Appellant) and THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA, and THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS (Respondents) Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada finally ruled on an appeal of a decision by the Commissioner of Patents to deny the Appellant’s patent for a “business method”, having found that it was not patentable subject matter under s. 2 […]