As described by the IPR Helpdesk:
Patents related to personal pleasure…
Who will drink from the #StanleyCup this year? A patent for people who want to live the experience #StanleyCupMomentsJune 3, 2015
CA Fed Ct of Appeal confirms functional features of designs may be protected by #IndustrialDesign Act (see par. 27)May 7, 2015
La recherche de coût pour un item/service la plus populaire aux États-Unis selon Google? – La recherche de coût d’un brevetMay 1, 2015
(Au Canada c’est un passeport)
Excerpt from the report (https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf )on Canada
Canada remains on the Watch List in 2015, as a number of IPR and related issues remain. Regarding Canada’s implementation of its 2012 Copyright Modernization Act, provisions aimed at addressing copyright piracy over the Internet came into force in January 2015, and Canada completed its ratification of the WIPO Internet Treaties in August 2014. The United States continues to urge Canada to fully implement its WIPO Internet Treaties commitments and to continue to address the challenges of copyright piracy in the digital age. Regarding border enforcement issues, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act became law in December 2014. The new law provides authority to Canadian customs officials to detain pirated and counterfeit goods being imported and exported at the border. The United States is disappointed that the new law does not apply to pirated and counterfeit goods in customs transit control or customs transshipment control in Canada. The United States urges Canada to provide its customs officials with full ex officio authority to improve its ability to address the serious problem of pirated and counterfeit goods entering our highly integrated supply chains. With respect to pharmaceuticals, the United States continues to have serious concerns about the availability of rights of appeal in Canada’s administrative process for reviewing regulatory approval of pharmaceutical products. The United States also continues to have serious concerns about the lack of clarity and the impact of the heightened utility requirements for patents that Canadian courts have applied recently. In these cases, courts have invalidated several valuable patents held by U.S. pharmaceutical companies on utility grounds, by interpreting the “promise” of the patent and finding that insufficient information was provided in the application to substantiate that promise. These recent decisions, which have affected products that have been in the market and benefiting patients for years, have led to uncertainty for patent holders and applicants, including with respect to how to effectively meet this standard. This unpredictability also undermines incentives for investments in the pharmaceutical sector. The United States closely monitors developments on these issues and looks forward to continuing to work with Canada to address these and other IPR issues, including through the TPP negotiations.
Excerpts from 2015 Budget-Action plan:
“Intellectual property is a valuable strategic asset for businesses competing in local
and global markets. The Government has a strong record of taking action to ensure
Canada’s intellectual property framework provides robust, balanced protection for
consumers and rights holders. The 2012 Copyright Modernization Act updated
Canada’s copyright laws for the digital age; the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act
implemented new measures to address the serious problem of counterfeit goods;
and Economic Action Plan 2014 harmonized Canada’s intellectual property
administration framework with international norms, helping innovative Canadian
businesses access international markets, lowering costs and reducing the regulatory
burden and red tape.
Building on these measures, Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to further
modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework to keep pace with
internationally recognized best practices. The Government will propose
amendments to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act and Industrial Design Act to provide
intellectual property agents with a statutory privilege for confidential
communications with clients, enhancing Canada as a place in which to invent and
market inventions. This measure will bring Canada’s framework in line with other
common law countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Amendments will also be proposed to modernize administrative practices and
increase clarity and legal certainty for businesses. For example, proposed
amendments would provide the Canadian Intellectual Property Office with the
ability to extend key deadlines in cases of force majeure events such as floods or
Tel qu’annoncé dans le budget 2015-16 de cette année:
Afin de soutenir les PME dans leurs activités menant à la protection de leurs innovations, le gouvernement mettra en place la mesure Premier brevet. Grâce à cette mesure, les PME, incluant les coopératives et les entreprises d’économie sociale, bénéficieront d’un appui financier dans leurs démarches de protection de propriété intellectuelle, notamment par l’entremise de brevets. Par cette mesure, le gouvernement vise à inciter les PME à entreprendre des démarches concrètes pour la protection de leurs innovations de façon à accélérer leur commercialisation et, par le fait même, à en faire bénéficier toute la population.
Des investissements de 15 millions de dollars au cours des trois prochaines années
Afin de lancer ces initiatives, le budget 2015-2016 prévoit que des crédits additionnels de 5 millions de dollars par année pour les années 2015-2016 à 2017-2018 seront octroyés au ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations. Le détail des mesures et la répartition des sommes disponibles pour chacune d’elles seront annoncés ultérieurement par le ministre de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations.
Un rapport conjoint de la Commission européenne et l’OECD
Voir: World Corporate Top R&D Investors: Innovation and IP bundles (March 2015)
Avec des statistiques du genre: Composition of patenting companies’ trademark portfolio, 2010-12/ A3.1 Top 4 trademark classes associated with patented technologies, USPTO
It all started with beaver fur, black velvet and chicken wire.
That’s what Chester Greenwood, an inventive 15-year-old, gave his grandmother to sew together to help him ice skate longer in the Maine winter.
After three years of improvements, he patented the contraption as the “Champion Ear Protector,” or “ear-mufflers,” on March 13, 1877.
Before Mr. Greenwood died in 1937, his company was churning out 400,000 earmuffs annually at its peak — many of them for the U.S. military.
But he didn’t stop with earmuffs. He had more than 100 patents and inventions, including the steel-tooth rake, a teakettle with a special bottom, a pipe vise and an umbrella holder for mail carriers.
Chester Greenwood Day is still celebrated in Maine each December.