On July 8, 2017, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the European Commission issued a joint statement setting September 21, 2017 as the new provisional application date for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
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On June 19, 2017, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (the Office) published draft regulations under the Trade-marks Act and the Industrial Design Act for consultation with the public. The draft regulations implement various legislative amendments passed in 2014 and 2015. The amendments constitute significant changes to Canadian practice, including the implementation of the international requests for trademark and industrial design protection under the Madrid Protocol and the Hague Agreement.
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On June 3, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the commencement of consultations for the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and invited concerned parties to make written submissions by July 18, 2017.
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In Matal v Tam, the Supreme Court of the United States (the Court) unanimously found that section 2(a) of the Lanham Act was unconstitutional for violating a person’s First Amendment rights under the US Constitution.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/supreme-court-of-united-states-finds-prohibition-on-registration-of-offensive-names
On June 12, 2017, the Federal Court (the Court) issued its judgment in Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc et al, 2017 FC 571, a passing off and trademark infringement action. In this case, the Court awarded Diageo Canada Inc. (Diageo) costs, damages and a permanent injunction restraining Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. et al (Heaven Hill) from using the Admiral Nelson’s character and labels in Canada, an example of which is shown below.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/captain-morgan-sails-away-treasure-trademark-infringement-case
On May 30th, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the Court) granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in Estate of James Oscar Smith v Cash Money Records, Inc. In its decision, the Court found that the song "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2", released in 2013 by Aubrey Drake Graham (Drake), fairly sampled the 1982 spoken-word recording of jazz musician James Oscar Smith (Jimmy Smith), entitled "Jimmy Smith Ra
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On June 12, 2017, the Federal Court (the Court) ordered that the plaintiff’s amended statement of claim be struck, and that the patent infringement action be dismissed, on the basis that the claim disclosed no reasonable cause of action and was an abuse of process (Mostar Directional Technologies Inc v Drill-Tek Corporation, 2017 FC 575).
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/federal-court-dismisses-patent-infringement-action-due-to-speculative-statement-of-claim
Health Canada has recently issued three notices for drug sponsors that relate to the Intellectual Property (“IP”) Hold letters, mandatory filing of some regulatory activities in Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format and updates to the Guidance Document on data protection of “innovative drugs”, respectively. A summary of each of these notices are provided below:
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On April 28, 2017, Canada’s Trademark Opposition Board (Board) refused Boehringer Ingelheim’s (BI) trade-mark applications for the product appearance or “get-up” of its asthma medications inhaler after concluding that the appearance of the inhaler was not distinctive (Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association v Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/canada%E2%80%99s-trademark-opposition-board-finds-trademarks-consisting-of-product-appearance-for
On April 27, 2017, the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill received Royal Assent in the UK. It is expected to come into law in October 2017. The new Act amends the current law relating to unjustified threats regarding proceedings for infringement of patents, registered trademarks, registered designed, design rights and Community designs.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/new-uk-law-sets-guidelines-for-unjustified-threats-regarding-intellectual-property-right