Intellectual Property, Canada updates

Bill Introduces Additional Retroactive Patent Protection
  • Canada
  • 02 April 2001

As a result of an anticipated amendment to Canada's Patent Act, certain patents based on applications filed before October 1 1989 that have not yet expired may benefit from up to an additional three years of patent protection.

Overview (January 2001)
  • Canada
  • 08 January 2001

Including: Trademarks; Patents; Trade Secrets; Copyright; Industrial Designs; Integrated Circuit Topography Act

Anton Pillar Requires Careful Handling
  • Canada
  • 20 November 2000

For companies such as Nike, Rolex and Louis Vuitton, the sale of counterfeit goods is a constant problem. The Anton Pillar order is a useful tool to be used against itinerant sellers with no fixed place of business. However, recent decisions show that parties who obtain an order, but do not comply with its terms, can expect little sympathy from the courts.

New Copyright Tariffs Imposed
  • Canada
  • 31 July 2000

The Copyright Board of Canada has delivered two significant decisions relating to proposed tariffs for the collection of royalties for societies representing musical artists. The first decision dealt with transmission of musical works to subscribers via the Internet, whereas the second determined the levies to be applied to recording media used for the home taping.

Trademarks Law - Year 1999 in Review
  • Canada
  • 19 April 2000

The past year has seen interesting developments in trademarks law. The courts have dealt with many issues regarding official marks, famous marks, the use of marks, and the standard for reviewing the trademark registrar’s decisions.

Implementation of Copyright Amendments Complete
  • Canada
  • 31 January 2000

Amendments made to the Copyright Act in 1997 have now been fully implemented. Some of these amendments have significantly changed the law governing temporary recordings, summary proceedings, statutory damages and wide injunctions.

Courts Consider Copyright and Electronic Distribution
  • Canada
  • 18 October 1999

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