On November 28, 2016, the UK Government announced that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. The Agreement will create a pan-European patent enforcement zone for patents issued by the European Patent Office (EPO). This differs from the current system that requires patentees to go through national validation of their EPO patent grant in each country and then bring individual enforcement actions in each European country.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/uk-government-announces-intent-to-ratify-unified-patent-court-agreement
Fashion Santa became a worldwide social media phenomenon when the character debuted at Yorkdale Shopping Mall in Toronto during the holiday season of 2014. The stylish Saint Nick, portrayed by Paul Mason, drew folks from far and wide to take a selfie with the holiday icon. However, a clash between Mason and Yorkdale prevented Mason from reprising his role this year. Mason has said he chose not to return to Yorkdale because of a dispute regarding ownership of the FASHION SANTA brand. Mason claims that he created the promotional character, but Yorkdale’s management disagrees.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/would-real-fashion-santa-please-stand-up
In Johnston Law v 2341375 Ontario Inc, (2016 TMOB 169) the Trademarks Opposition Board addressed the requirements for demonstrating use of a trademark through a licensee in the context of summary non-use cancellation proceedings. The decision contains an overview of the methods through which a registered owner can show use.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/opposition-board-confirms-proper-approach-to-showing-use-through-licensee
In Simba Toys GmbH & Co KG v European Union Intellectual Property Office, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) discussed the legal criteria relevant to determining whether a trademark is functional so that it should be invalidated.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/rubik%E2%80%99s-cube-eu-trademark-invalidated
We previously reported in E-TIPS® Newsletter that the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA), in Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC v Eli Lilly Canada Inc, 2016 FCA 119 (Mylan FCA), declined to determine an appropriate date for assessing obviousness-type double patenting, although it rejected the publication date of the later patent as being a relevant date for the analysis. Mylan FCA conce
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/date-for-assessing-obviousnesstype-double-patenting-remains-unsettled-canada
On November 24, 2016, amendments to the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business (Regulation) (link) under Québec’s Charter of the French Language (Charter) came into force. The amendments require non-French trade-marks appearing on signs or posters outside buildings and structures in Québec to be accompanied by a sufficient presence of French.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/new-french-language-requirements-for-nonfrench-signage-quebec
On November 10, 2016, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released its first intellectual property (IP) Canada report (the Report), detailing various trends in IP filing activities in Canada and abroad.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/cipo-releases-first-ip-canada-report
As previously reported in E-TIPS® Newsletter, the Canadian government has tabled Bill C-30, outlining measures to implement the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Regarding Canadian trademark law, the legislation expands protections for geographical indications (GIs).
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/ceta-implementation-bill-c30-expands-protection-for-geographical-indications
The US Justice Department has petitioned for an en banc rehearing by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals (the Court) after the Court concluded that US courts were not authorized under the Stored Communications Act to issue and enforce warrants against US-based internet service providers for the disclosure of customer email content stored on foreign servers that is within the control of US-based companies.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/us-justice-department-petitions-for-en-banc-rehearing-of-microsoft-cloud-decision
Under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (the Regulations), the Minister of Health (the Minister) determines whether a generic manufacturer’s drug submission makes either a direct or indirect comparison to a Canadian reference product (a brand product). If the Minister finds that it does reference a brand product, the generic manufacturer will be required to address the patents listed on the Patent Register for the brand product before it can receive a Notice of Compliance (NOC), which is a regulatory requirement for market entry.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/minister%E2%80%99s-pmnoc-decision-to-be-reviewed-on-standard-of-reasonableness
The Ontario Superior Court (the Court) granted Teranet Inc’s (Teranet’s) motion for summary judgment in Keatley Surveying v Teranet (2016 ONSC 1717), deciding a long-standing dispute between land surveyors and Teranet, which manages Ontario’s electronic land registry system.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/ontario-court-dismisses-land-surveyors%E2%80%99-class-action-copyright-proceeding-against-teranet
On November 1, 2016, in Amdocs (Israel) Limited v Openet Telecom, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the Court) reversed the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia’s decision and found that a patent claiming a computer program and method for solving an accounting and billing problem faced by network service providers is patent-eligible. The decision is the most recent application of the Supreme Court of the United States’
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/us-federal-circuit-debates-patent-eligibility-for-software-patents-amdocs-israel-limited-v
On November 9, 2016, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published a practice notice entitled “Place of Origin – Paragraph 12(1)(b) of the Trade-marks Act” (the Notice). The Notice is intended to clarify the application of the provisions of Section 12(1)(b) of the Trade-marks Act with respect to trademarks that are clearl
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/cipo-publishes-place-of-origin-practice-notice
On November 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments and reserved its decision in AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc (SCC Case: 36654, esomeprazole – NEXIUM®, the Federal Court of Appeal decision previously reported in E-TIPS Newsletter here). Key issues raised at the hearing included whether a promised utility doctrine
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/supreme-court-of-canada-hears-astrazeneca%E2%80%99s-nexium-appeal-on-promised-utility-doctrine
On October 31, 2016, the day after Canada and the European Union (EU) officially signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Canadian government tabled Bill C-30 entitled “An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures”, outlining measures implement CETA. Bill C-30 will impact trademark law and pharmaceutical pat
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/canada-introduces-bill-c30-to-implement-ceta-implications-for-ip-rights
In Cascade Corporation v Kinshofer GmbH, 2016 FC 1117 (October 6, 2016), Justice Southcott of the Federal Court dismissed a patent infringement action brought by Cascade Corporation against Kinshofer Gmbh and its subsidiary concerning Cascade’s Canadian Patent Number 2,587,065 and Kinshofer’s X-LOCK coupler.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/canada%E2%80%99s-federal-court-dismisses-patent-infringement-action-a-summary-trial
On September 28, 2016, in AU New Haven, LLC and Trelleborg Coated Systems US, Inc v YKK Corporation, the Southern District Court of New York found that in specific circumstances, the owners of a patent have standing to sue licensees for patent infringement when those licensees refuse to provide consent to transfer the licence agreement to a new patent owner.
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/assignment-of-patent-not-prevented-by-nonassignability-of-exclusive-licence-to-patent
Last year, on December 15, 2015, five UK defendants received sentences, together totaling seventeen years, for conspiracy to defraud by copying, distributing or making available online infringing copies of such Hollywood films as Skyfall and Argo. Last week a Court dismissed the appeal brought by the two defendants with the longest sentences and upheld the more than four year sentences for each defendant stating that: “Whilst we accept that the sentences passed on these two young men were stiff, we are unpersuaded that they were manifestly excessive.”
Deeth Williams Wallhttp://www.dww.com/articles/movie-pirates-sentenced-for-more-than-four-years-lose-appeal-uk