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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS
Detailed overview of deadlines and requirements under the new Canadian Patent Rules coming into force on October 30, 2019

The final version of the new Patent Rules (SOR/2019-251) was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on July 10, 2019.

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2019 Mid-Year Highlights in Canadian Life Sciences IP

Below are the major highlights in Canadian life sciences intellectual property and regulatory law that we have reported on in the first half of 2019.

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Federal Court upholds PMPRB’s pricing decision regarding Alexion’s SOLIRIS

On June 12, 2019, Justice Gleeson dismissed Alexion’s application for judicial review of a Panel of the Patented Medicines Price Review Board (PMPRB)’s (i) decision that SOLIRIS (eculizumab) was sold at an excessive price and (ii) Order fixing the amount of the payment to offset excess revenues ($4.2 million): Alexion

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The Experimental Use Exception under the Recently Amended Canadian Patent Act

David Schwartz and Aleksandra Gracia
The Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 brought about several changes to the Patent Act affecting the scope of protection available under Canadian patents, including the addition of new section 55.3, providing an exception from infringement for experimental use of patented

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It’s the final countdown: Top 10 changes to Canada’s trademark law on June 17th

Jamie-Lynn Kraft
After five years of anticipation, sweeping changes to Canada’s trademark law will finally come into force on June 17, 2019. The changes, which are substantial, have been canvassed in previous IP Updates. The following briefly summarizes some of the most important changes and reminds trademark own

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Nancy Pei named among the world’s “Best of the Best” lawyers by Expert Guides

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that firm partner, Nancy Pei, is recognized as one of the top life sciences attorneys in the world by Expert Guides: Best of the Best, a biennial guide naming the world’s leading lawyers, chosen by their peers.

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Smart & Biggar partners recognized among the world’s leading lawyers by the Who’s Who Legal 2019 guides

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that 15 partners across Life Sciences Patent Litigation, Life Sciences Regulatory, Patents and Data have been named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 guides.

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6 Smart & Biggar partners among Canada's Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that six of the firm's partners are featured among Canada's leading lawyers in the Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada, 2019.

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Sanjay Goorachurn listed in the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that Montreal partner, Sanjay Goorachurn, has been recognized in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2019, published today.

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Smart & Biggar honoured as the ‘Best national firm for diversity' in North America at the LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that the firm was awarded ‘Best national firm for diversity (North America)’ at the 8th annual Euromoney Legal Media Group (LMG) Americas Women in Business Law Awards on June 5th in New York City.

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