On October 25, 2012, McCarthy Tétrault’s national Consumer Retail group held a lunchtime client conference on mobile payment systems and digital wallets. For those of you unable to attend, the following are a few of the highlights.
But first, a little context for the uninitiated:
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- Near-field communication technology (NFC) allows a user with a mobile phone, equipped with the necessary mobile application, to pass card data stored on the phone to the point-of-sale device to complete payment and other transactions.
- Mobile payments are often grouped into two levels of transaction: convenience vs. high value/risk transactions. Convenience transactions are characterized by
Tanner, How Do I… is a blogging series in which Steven Tanner provides helpful answers to IP law questions.
You want to download a Canadian patent. Is this possible? Yes! And here’s how.
There are three good ways to download a Canadian patent.
1. My Preferred Way to Download a Canadian Patent
My preferred way to download a Canadian patent is by using the patent retriever tool at ippractice.ca. Be sure to type “CA” before the seven-digit Canadian patent number and you should be fine. The website will send a full length pdf of the patent to your inbox, … Continue Reading
Canada’s top court has struck down Pfizer Inc.’s lucrative patent on VIAGRA, paving the way for generic entry into the Canadian marketplace shortly.
In Teva Canada Ltd. v. Pfizer Canada Inc., 2012 SCC 60, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously (7-0) declared Pfizer’s patent for its blockbuster VIAGRA drug invalid on the basis of insufficient disclosure.
Background – the ‘466 Patent
Pfizer research scientists initially investigated “sildenafil citrate” (VIAGRA’s active compound) for use as a cardiovascular drug. However, upon discovering sildenafil’s peculiar effect on rats, scientists began to suspect that the compound might be useful in treating erectile dysfunction … Continue Reading