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Monthly Archives: September 2012

La pentalogie du droit d’auteur de la Cour suprême

Posted in Intellectual Property

De toute évidence, 2012 constitue une année marquante pour le droit d’auteur. Peu après la sanction royale du projet de loi C-11 sur la modernisation du droit d’auteur en juin 2012, la Cour suprême rend cinq décisions en droit d’auteur se prononçant sur l’octroi de redevances :

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Responding to Canadian Patent Office Objections: Proof of Utility

Section 2 of the Patent Act

Posted in Patents

This is part of a series of posts reviewing common Canadian Patent Office objections to patent applications and claimed inventions and providing some insight into how these objections may be addressed.

The Objection

In a typical objection, the patent examiner asserts that the claimed composition of matter, while novel and non-obvious, cannot be patented because the application’s description fails to prove the utility of all claimed embodiments. The examiner usually will rely on:

  • the definition of “invention” in section 2 of the Patent Act as the statutory basis for the objection.
  • recent case law, mainly from abbreviated proceedings under the
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Federal Court Holds No Damages for Trivial Privacy Breaches

Privacy Damage Awards under Section 16 of PIPEDA

Posted in Privacy

The recent decision Townsend v. Sun Life Financial adds to the emerging case law on privacy damage awards under Section 16 of Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. In Townsend, the Court refused to award to damages to Mr. Townsend, who had alleged that Sun Life disclosed his medical information to a third party without his consent and had failed to safeguard his personal information. The Court determined that the breach was minor, that Mr. Townsend suffered no injury and that Sun Life promptly and effectively corrected its errors.

What Happened in This Case? 

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