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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ontario Court Grants Summary Judgment Dismissing Apotex’s Claim for Unjust Enrichment

Posted in Patents

On January 15, 2013, the Honourable Justice Michael G. Quigley of the Ontario Superior Court granted summary judgment to Abbott and Takeda, denying Apotex’s claim for disgorgement of profits on the basis of unjust enrichment.

The case involved a claim for damages arising from Abbott’s invocation of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. The PM(NOC) proceedings were ultimately discontinued by Abbott and Apotex thereafter brought an action, in the Ontario Court, for (a) damages under section 8 of the PM(NOC) Regulations; and (b) disgorgement of Abbott’s profits on the basis of unjust enrichment.

In the Federal Court, … Continue Reading

Règlement canadien anti-pourriels publié pour une période de 30 jours de consultation

Posted in E-Commerce

The English version of this article is available here.

Le projet du règlement afférent à la Loi canadienne anti-pourriels (LCAP) a été publié le 5 janvier 2013 dernier dans la Gazette du Canada pour une période de consultation d’une durée de 30 jours.

Ce projet tant attendu représente l’étape législative finale d’un des régimes les plus contraignants au monde en matière de règlementation anti-pourriels (« anti-spam ») et de menaces en ligne connexes, tel que les programmes malveillants (« malware »). Ce règlement apporte des clarifications en ce qu’il définit certains termes importants inclus dans la LCAP.

Il comporte … Continue Reading

Canadian Anti-Spam Regulations Published for a 30-Day Comment Period

Posted in E-Commerce

La version française de cet article est publiée ici.

The revised draft of the Industry Canada Regulations pertaining to Canada’s new anti-spam/malware law (CASL) was published in the Canada Gazette on January 5, 2013 for a 30-day comment period.

The highly anticipated draft regulations represent the final legislative aspect of one of the world’s most stringent anti-spam and anti-malware regimes and provide some clarity as to the use of some important terms in the CASL.

It also includes new exemptions in respect of subject matter not intended to fall within CASL’s reach. The goal of CASL according to Industry … Continue Reading

Responding to Canadian Patent Office Objections: Inherent Anticipation

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 compound is anticipated and cannot be patented because, although unknown at the time, the compound was inherently present in circumstances described in an earlier disclosure. The examiner will rely on section 28.2 of the Patent Act as the statutory basis for the objection.

This objection relates to the nature of the claimed invention, rather than an … Continue Reading