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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS
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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Canada introduces Bill C-100: A step towards ratification of “NAFTA 2.0”

In a step towards ratifying the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the Canadian government introduced Bill C-100, entitled “An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States” in Parliament yesterday.

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Nice Classification with a trap – Canada introduces “class top-up” fees with no back door

With the long awaited changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act and Regulations just around the corner, brand owners should be excited about Canada’s alignment with international trademark standards and the new opportunities these changes will bring.

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Proposed Amendments to Food and Drug Regulations: Generic drug equivalence, labeling, and related terminology

Health Canada released proposed Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Improving Access to Generics) (“proposed Regulations”) on March 30, 2019. Comments may be submitted until June 8, 2019.

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
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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IAM Patent 1000 recognizes Smart & Biggar for its “unwavering commitment to quality” with ‘Gold’ band status and 10 recommended partners

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that the firm has again been recognized as a Canadian leader for patents with a “Gold” band status in prosecution and litigation, and as a recommended firm for transactions in the IAM Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2019 edition.

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12 Smart & Biggar partners recognized as 2019 WIPR Leaders in the World IP Review

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that twelve of the firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2019 World IP Review Leaders, a comprehensive guide to the top intellectual property lawyers in the areas of patents and trademarks across the globe.

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Keltie Sim Luft and Nancy Pei named in the world’s 'Top 250 Women in IP'

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that partners Keltie Sim Luft and Nancy Pei have been recognized among the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property as part of their IP Stars list for 2019.

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