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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

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 – May 2014

Recent issues of the Business and Corporate Bulletin - from CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine.



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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Law and practice relating to all forms of ownership, licensing, transfer and protection of intellectual property and related property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, plant breeders' rights, as well as trade secrets.

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