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Streamlined Canadian trademark litigation — Court of Appeal opens door to full compensation

by: Timothy Stevenson and Matthew Norton
A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal sheds light on a streamlined litigation procedure that brand owners may find attractive. In Group III International Ltd v Travelway Group International Ltd, 2017 FCA 215 [Travelway] the court suggests that trademark owners

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Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

by: Keltie Sim Luft
As 2017 is drawing to a close and we are beginning to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law is beginning in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented in full early in 2019.

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Canada releases proposed amendments to Regulations governing patented medicines pricing

by: Jeffrey E. Coles, Nancy P. Pei and Daphne C. Lainson
On December 2, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council published proposed Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations (“the proposed Regulations”). The 75-day consultation period ends February 15, 2018. The proposed coming into force date is Januar

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Federal Court finds PMPRB unreasonable in finding Galderma patent 'pertains to' medicine in DIFFERIN

By Urszula Wojtyra
In a November 9, 2017 decision, Justice Phelan of the Federal Court found that the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Panel (Board) was unreasonable in its assessment that a patent ‘pertained’ to Galderma Canada’s DIFFERIN (0.1% adapalene), as the Board failed to consider the entire patent: G

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Canada’s new linkage litigation scheme: A comparison to Hatch-Waxman

by: Nancy Pei
The September 21, 2017 amendments to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (see our article here) introduced a new scheme for pharmaceutical patent linkage litigation in Canada. That scheme is now much closer to the US Hatch-Waxman scheme, but with remaining key differences, as s

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Smart & Biggar dominates Lexpert’s US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation guide by honouring 5 of the firm’s partners

Smart & Biggar announced today that five of the firm's partners, Mark Evans, Gunars Gaikis, Steven Garland, François Guay and Sheldon Hamilton, were featured among Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. Smart & Bigger had more lawye

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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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