C+BR’s Stacey Dunn is now a Member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) USA and Canada. Ms. Dunn will be attending the 6th Pan-European LESI YMC Meeting in Zurich on July 13th with Managing Partner, Natalie Raffoul, who will be speaking on IP licensing matters in the E-Health space at the Meeting.
Paula Clancy is attending WIPO’s Committee on Development of Intellectual Property (CDIP) meeting in Geneva. She was invited to participate on behalf of IPIC.
Natalie Raffoul was awarded the 2018 Global Excellence Award for Most Influential Woman in Patent & Trademark Law in Ottawa by the internationally recognized Acquisition International.
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Paula was not only featured in this year’s Distinctive Women Magazine, but also won the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The 4th Annual IGNITE conference was held from November
bringing female professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, trailblazers and more together. During the IGNITE conference, Paula Clancy was recognized for her accomplishments and the difference she is making in the community.
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 to a particular utility or advantage. To the delight of many patent holders, the Supreme Court finds that a single use related to the nature of the subject matter is sufficient, and that utility must be established by either demonstration or sound prediction as of the filing date. The Court also confirms that a patent holder is not required to disclose the utility of the invention. For the full decision: https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/16713/index.do
The Canada 150 logo is being made available for use by any organization/company that applies for a license from Heritage Canada.
As a licensee, the license holder is authorized to use the Canada 150 logo for either commercial or non-commercial purposes, the former of which is defined as either: (a) the reproduction of the logo on wares offered for sale or distribution, or (b) the display of the logo in association with a company’s corporate look.
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E-commerce leader Amazon.com is expanding its brand registry program to include measures aimed at combating the sale of counterfeit goods on its website. The expanded anti-counterfeiting program will allow rights holders to register their logos and intellectual property with Amazon, with the aim of expediting the removal of any listings and seller accounts that are flagged as counterfeit.
Registrants enrolled in the program (who must have a registered trademark in order to participate) have the ability to manage their intellectual property on Amazon’s marketplace via access to the ‘Report a Violation’ tool and the ‘Brand Support’ tool. An Amazon user account is required.
The ‘Report a Violation’ tool allows registrants to search the site using a range of identifiers (such as ASIN, key search words, brand name, jpeg image, and brand logo) to search for copyright or trademark infringement listings and report a particular listing, up to a maximum of 300 listings. With the ‘Brand Support’ tool, registrants are able to report any inauthentic product concerns, including actual inauthentic product being sold, misleading product descriptions, and the like. This tool also gives registrants access to a case log to track submissions and the status of open cases.
Amazon’s program is currently undergoing a beta registration process with top selling brands and is expected to launch worldwide in the coming weeks on a self-service registration basis through Amazon’s website.
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.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) also announced changes to five (5) other industrial design office practices.
The six (6) practice changes are related to:
- applications for protection of computer-generated animated designs
- colour as a registerable feature of an industrial design
- time limits to respond to office actions
- the search to assess the originality of an application where there is a priority claim
- the issuance of notices of possible refusal
- delaying the registration of an application
A fact sheet providing an overview of the changes is also available.