Insights: Patent Updates

What is the final deadline to enter the national phase in Canada under the PCT? (42 months)

It is possible to make a late national phase entry of a PCT application in Canada up to 12 months after the 30 month deadline.  This is possible by reinstating the application which is deemed to be abandoned as of the 30 month national phase entry deadline.  As such, it is possible to enter the national phase in Canada up to 42 months from the priority date .

Counterfeiting: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?

The value of your brands and other intellectual property (IP) rights can be affected both positively and negatively as you expand your markets – in many cases as the notoriety of your company and your brands increases, so does the temptation for people to copy or trade on the goodwill and value of your IP rights and planning to deal with counterfeit products is one area in which many companies can benefit from the deployment of some resources. Companies addressing some of these issues in their market development plans will be best positioned to protect, exploit and maximize their own IP positions as their businesses grow.

IP Considerations in New Product Development

Business should think about IP issues during new product development. Risks can be avoided, and opportunities captured, by dedicating time to these questions at the appropriate decision points.

Changes in the US patent law impacting IP business decisions

The American legislature has recently passed the America Invents Act, a long awaiting attempt at patent reform.