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New challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical trademarks in Canada

by: Philip Lapin
In Canada, trademarks for pharmaceutical preparations and related products have faced numerous challenges, some of which are unique to the industry. This article will canvas the current issues as well as the important changes and new opportunities that will be available with the changes to Canadi

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Federal Court of Appeal Applies Supreme Court’s Utility Test to SPRYCEL Patent

by: Lynn Ing
In its first decision to consider the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc, 2017 SCC 36 [Esomeprazole](see our article here) on the utility requirement, the Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a finding of inutility made under the promise doctrine, with

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Canada introduces reporting mechanism for dangerous counterfeit goods, helping rights holders protect their brands at the border

by: Graham Hood
Recently, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal organization responsible for policing Canada’s borders, issued a Customs Notice (CN17-27) to advise the public and rights holders that its 24/7 “Border Watch” hotline now accepts information, or tips, on “dangerous” counterfeit goods o

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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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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Who’s Who Legal: Canada recognizes 17 Smart & Biggar professionals recognized as leading IP experts

The newly released edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 has recognized 17 Smart & Biggar professionals among the world’s leading experts in Patents, Patent Agency, Trademarks, and Life Sciences.

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Chambers names Smart & Biggar as Canada’s Intellectual Property
Law Firm of the Year

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Canada Awards Ceremony held in Toronto on September 27th.

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Smart & Biggar honoured with Impact Case of the Year award by LMG Life Sciences

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that the firm was recognized with a Canadian IP Impact Case of the Year award at the 2017 LMG Life Sciences Awards held at Essex House in New York September 13, 2017.

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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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