Breaking News from the WTO: Limited TRIPS Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines

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On June 17, the 2022 Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) issued a decision [PDF] pursuant to the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS Agreement”) and allowed certain members to use patented inventions for the production and supply of COVID-19 vaccines in specific circumstances (“Ministerial Decision”).

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Canadian Patent Rules Coming into Force on October 3, 2022

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UPDATE: Further to the below article, the Patent Rules have now been published in Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 156, Number 13.  This issue of the Canada Gazette may be accessed here in HTML format, or here in PDF format.


As covered in the blog previously, Canada’s patent regime has been undergoing significant changes.  Our earlier posts about these changes and what steps patentees can take to mitigate the impacts of these changes can be found here and here.  The amendments are meant to reduce prosecution time and streamline the examination process.

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Trademark Owners and Franchisors Beware: in Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc., Lack of Licensor Control Leads to Invalidation of Trademark

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In its recent Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc. decision, the Federal Court ordered the expungement of a trademark registration because the plaintiff did not exercise sufficient control over the use of the trademark by its licensees. This decision provides a helpful reminder of the dangers of relying on verbal agreements instead of written trademark licenses, and the need for trademark owners to maintain control over their licensees.

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Introduction to Trademarks – the Basics

As a strong supporter of the food and beverage industry, Fasken is pleased to invite you to view this episode of the Masterclass Series, presented by BC Food & Beverage (BCFB).

This video series features topics that will be of interest to producers, distributors and retailers in BC’s growing agribusiness, food and beverage industry.

Hear from Roger Kuypers and Janine McNeil, Trademark Agents at Fasken who discuss the importance of trademarks and how an effective trademark strategy is critical to your brand’s future growth and success.

Sedona Conference 2022: Practical Recommendations on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation

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The Sedona Conference Working Group recently issued some practical recommendations in their publication “Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation About Them”.[1] The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the guidelines developed by this group and which we recommend you consider in your current and future litigation.

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