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Structural engineers score big as Federal Court recognizes and enforces copyright on structure of soccer complex

By: Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie and Joshua Neubarth
On September 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in Lainco Inc v Commission Scolaire Des Bois-Francs et al, 2017 CF 825, confirming that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit from copyright protection as an “archite

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AstraZeneca succeeds in omeprazole patent infringement profits case

by: Urszula Wojtyra
The Federal Court has issued its Public Judgment and Reasons concerning the financial compensation to be paid to AstraZeneca as a result of Apotex’s infringement of the omeprazole formulation patent (AstraZeneca’s LOSEC) in AstraZeneca v Apotex Inc 2017 FC 726.

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Publication of Final Regulations on Patent Linkage and Term Restoration
related to CETA

by: Urszula Wojtyra, Nancy Pei and Daphne Lainson
Earlier today, September 7, 2017, the Government of Canada published final pharmaceutical regulations flowing from CETA. According to an Order in Council, the new regulations will be in force on September 21, 2017.

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Canada: The New Frontier For Global IP Litigation

by: Steven Garland and Kevin P. Siu
2017 has been a banner year for IP litigation in Canada. A series of recent cases, from big trials to precedent-setting appeals before the Supreme Court, have garnered international attention from IP owners. With these decisions, changes in law, and improved court procedures for

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Gilead prevails in SOVALDI appeal

by: Kevin P. Siu
The Federal Court of Appeal recently affirmed a trial decision relating to two competing patents over Gilead’s SOVALDI (sofosbuvir). In the trial decision, as previously reported, the Court declared Idenix’s Patent No. 2,490,191 invalid on the basis of insufficiency of disclosure and inutility, wh

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Best Lawyers in Canada names two Smart & Biggar partners Lawyer of the Year

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that two of its partners were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 12th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2018.

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Best Lawyers in Canada names Smart & Biggar “Law Firm of the Year” for Intellectual Property
and recognizes 27 lawyers overall

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that the firm was selected as the “Law Firm of the Year” for Intellectual Property in the 12th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

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Chambers shortlists Smart & Biggar as Canada’s leading Intellectual Property firm

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that the firm has been shortlisted for the Chambers Canada Awards 2017, in the area of Intellectual Property.

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7 Smart & Biggar professionals recognized by LMG Expert Guides – Rising Stars

Smart & Biggar announced today that seven of our professionals have been selected as some of the world’s brightest and most talented young legal talent by LMG Expert Guides - Rising Stars 2017 edition. Congratulations to:

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Five partners recognized as leading lawyers in the world for Trademarks by Who’s Who Legal

Smart & Biggar announced today that five partners were recognized among the leading lawyers in the world for Trademarks in Who’s Who Legal Trademarks: Lawyers 2017.

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