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National Intellectual Property Law School Essay Contest

The National Intellectual Property Section has established a Law School Essay Competition related to general topics in Canadian intellectual property law. The objectives of the competition are to promote and reward interest in intellectual property law topics in Canadian law schools and to promote participation by law students in the Section PD conferences.

Inaugural Award

The Award consists of a certificate presented at the lunch following the Town Hall Meeting, as well as a complimentary ticket to the Annual IP Federal Court Judges’ Dinner ($250.00 value). The winning paper will also be posted on the National Intellectual Property Law Section webpage.

Criteria & Eligibility

The award is presented annually for the best scholarly paper or article received by the submission date on a subject relating to Canadian intellectual property law. All Full-time university students currently enrolled at a Canadian law school at either an undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to enter. Papers will be evaluated by a jury of 3-5 members appointed by the National Intellectual Property Law Section Executive.

Submission & Selection Process
Papers must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Undergraduate papers must be no less than 12 pages and maximum 25 pages. Graduate papers must be no less than 12 pages and maximum 40 pages. Excluding the title page and bibliography. (12 Times New Roman – double spaced)
  • Papers must address a theme of significance in Canadian intellectual property law or justice, public policy or public affairs related to same.
  • Papers must be appropriately referenced; all referencing methods in the legal field will be accepted.
  • Papers may be written in English or in French and must be original.
  • The author(s) names must NOT appear on the paper itself, but must be sent under separate cover.
  • The recipient of the award will be selected by a jury.

Deadline for submissions: February 27, 2015. Any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

Entries may be submitted to:

Inika Anderson
Liaison Officer - National Sections and Conferences
The Canadian Bar Association
500-865 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8
Phone: (613) 237-2925 Ext. 203 or
Toll Free: (800) 267-8860
Fax: (613) 237-0185
E-mail: inikaa@cba.org

Canadian International Property Office (CIPO)

The CBA National IP Section Executive has established a Working Group to prepare a submission in response to the CIPO Modernizing the IP Community Report.

The report impacts the following areas of IP law:

  • The maintenance and oversight of the register of patent agents and the list of trade-mark agents
  • Amendments to the Patent and Trade-mark Agent Qualification Examination
  • Continuing professional development requirements for patent and trade-mark agents
  • A values and ethics framework (including a code of conduct and disciplinary framework) for patent and trade-mark agents

Given the short timeline to respond to CIPO, the Working Group is requesting that all comments be forwarded to Vincent Yip, Chair of the Working Group by Friday November 7, 2014

Message from the Editor

This edition of the e-newsletter summarizes 34 orders in intellectual property cases issued by the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal between April 1 and June 30, 2014.

Our thanks to the reviewers including Christopher Heer, Cheryl Cheung, Natasha Gulati, John Lucas, Katie Wei, Peter Choe, Etienne de Villiers, Kiernan Murphy, Pablo Tseng, Clare McCurley, Ken Clark, Rosamaria Longo, Bria Brown, Taryn Burnett, Ruth Corbin, David Wood, Cindy Bélanger, Andrea Rush, Alan Macek, Lorraine Fleck, Hung Nguyen, and Shaun Cody.

If you become aware of a decision issued by either court in the period that is not reviewed, please advise us and we will include it in the next quarter. The next edition of the case summary service will be covering cases for the period July 1 to September 30, 2014.

Chantal Saunders
Chair, Newsletter Committee
National Intellectual Property Section
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Direct dial: 613-369-4783

IP Day 2014: Discussion, Debates and Dinner

IP Day 2014 was a tremendous success. More than 95 people participated in the morning Town Hall moderated by The Honourable Michael D. Manson. Members of the IP bench and bar participated in a lively discussion on areas of procedural reform. The afternoon PD session featured 5 sets of debaters and also featured The Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein as the luncheon speaker. The day’s grand finale was the 25th anniversary Federal Court Judges Dinner, honouring the extraordinary accomplishments of The Honourable Chief Justice Pierre Blais, P.C., Federal Court of Appeal; The Honourable Judith A. Snider, Federal Court; and T. Gary O’Neill.

Pictures of the gala event can be viewed on the CBA Flickr page

The IP Section Executive thanks and congratulates everyone who contributed to the success of IP Day, particularly the Federal Courts for their involvement with the Town Hall, John Cotter, Chair of the IP PD Committee, and Keri Johnston, Chair of the Court Practice Committee.

Don’t miss out on next year! Save the date now for IP Day 2015: May 28

Request for Action: Please contact your MPs re: Bill C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1, Part 6 Division 25 – Trade-marks Act amendments

We seek your assistance. Please contact your local MP to request that the impugned sections of Bill C-31 which impact the Trade-marks Act and Regulations implementing them be deferred or struck from the legislation altogether.

As many of you are aware, Bill C-31, among other things, fundamentally changes the nature of Canadian Trade-mark law. Of particular concern is the fact that Bill C-31 will allow an applicant for a trademark to obtain a registration without any requirement to use the trademark in Canada or elsewhere. To our knowledge there were never any specific consultations with any interested parties on the effect of these amendments. Although the CBA Intellectual Property Section made a formal submission and the Section appeared before the relevant Parliamentary subcommittee this past Spring, the Bill received Royal Assent in June 2014 without further amendment.

We are continuing our efforts to convince the government that the provisions of Bill C-31 relating to trademark use should not be proclaimed into force and deferred, pending full consultation with interested parties.

At this late stage in the legislative process, the steps that can be taken are limited. On behalf of the CBA Intellectual Property Section, Trade-marks Sub-Committee, we ask that you please contact your local MP and express your concerns regarding the substance and implementation of Bill C-31. Please email John McKeown, chair of the Trade-marks Subcommittee at mckeown@gsnh.com if you would like further details about this initiative.

Winner of Inaugural Law School Essay Competition

Congratulations Nivi! Nivi Ramaswamy of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law is the winner of the 2014 CBA National Intellectual Property Law School Essay Competition for her paper entitled, “Injunctive Relief in Patent Infringement Cases: Balancing Patent Protection Against Patent Trolls”. Nivi will be recognized for her work at the Judges' Dinner on June 12 in Ottawa. The IP Section gratefully acknowledges the support of the competition sponsors, Aitken Klee LLP and Microsoft Canada.

Read the winning paper*
*The views expressed in this essay are solely the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Bar Association.

Intellectual Property Quarterly Case Summaries

Updated Case Summaries are now available: April 1 to June 30, 2014

CBA National Intellectual Property Section on LinkedIn

In order to create networking opportunities and a forum for discussion and exchange on subjects relevant to our Section, we have recently created a group on LinkedIn. This professional networking site allows you to establish connections with other professionals interested in Intellectual Property law, share cases and accomplishments, and will provide the Section with another means to keep you up to date on Section activities. We look forward to meeting you on LinkedIn.

Opportunities for Involvement

General call for committee members
The Intellectual Property Section committees provide Section members with the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to legislation and regulatory policies, keep abreast of developments in intellectual property law and to network with others with similar interests. The Section committees depend on the contribution of Section members to deliver relevant services to members and to prepare submissions to legislative and regulatory bodies that reflect the full range of member perspectives.
View the mandate and current members of all Section committees.

We welcome you to join our committees by sending an e-mail to the Section, with indication of your reasons for wishing to join, acknowledgement of the committee mandate and guidelines (as posted on the CBA website), and an express acknowledgement that by applying, you are willing and able to be an active participant of that particular committee.

Committee Guidelines have been introduced in an attempt to encourage participation and increase productivity. These guidelines seek to maintain fair and transparent criteria for selection of Committee members.
View the Committee Guidelines.

Recent Submissions

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CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine Business and Corporate Edition – September 2014

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Professional Development 

  • Missed a conference? See the Intellectual Property Section PD archive or purchase course materials through the CBA Store.



  • Save the date now for IP Day 2015: May 28
  • Section Executive Meeting, May 29, 2015 (Ottawa)



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