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Patent Office Refund Policy

March 8, 2017

A brief overview regarding the refund of official fees for patents and patent applications, as laid out in Section 4 of the “Patent Rules.”

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Canada Invents – Insulin

March 30, 2016

One of Canada’s greatest triumphs in the field of medicine was the discovery of insulin in 1922. This groundbreaking finding opened the doors to medical research in Canada and the patenting of insulin surprisingly played a key role in spurring Canadian innovation.

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Product-By-Process Claims

February 10, 2016

Product-by-process claims are certainly permitted in Canada, and in fact threshold requirements for novelty and utility can be quite low. That being said, product-by-process claims may be more difficult to enforce and consideration of whether such a claim is appropriate should be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Canada Invents – Snowmobile

January 27, 2016

Clever Canadians throughout history have worked tirelessly to solve vexing problems through the development of novel inventions and innovative thought. While the snowmobile may have been developed with the quintessentially Canadian problem of snowy winters in mind, its impact reaches far beyond Canadian borders.

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Voluntary Prior Art Submissions

December 2, 2015

Many U.S. practitioners will tell you that providing prior art (i.e. publically available information) before issuance of a patent application is quite an onerous requirement. Understandably, a common question we encounter in Canada from clients is whether Canada has a similar legal requirement?

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