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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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Cannabis Patents 101: Protecting innovation and growth

With cannabis now legal in Canada for both medical and recreational use, as well as legal for medical and/or recreational use at the state level in the majority of U.S. states, it is no secret companies are ramping up their research and development and rushing to pursue patent protection of their intellectual property

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
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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Smart & Biggar ranked highly again for IP, with top scores across Canada and 25 “Lexpert®-Ranked” lawyers for 2019

Smart & Biggar maintains its strong position in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Canadian leader for Intellectual Property law and litigation.

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Daphne Lainson named a WIPR Influential Woman in IP

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that Ottawa partner, Daphne Lainson, is profiled in the inaugural edition of WIPR Influential Women in IP, recognizing 80 international female leaders in IP.

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