L’appel dans l’affaire DBC Marine rejeté à l’unanimité par la Cour d’appel fédérale

Le rejet de l’appel est assez simple:

1]               We are all of the view that this appeal should be dismissed.

 [2]               The regime for patent applications is firmly established by the Patent Act and the Patent Rules. Together, the various legislative provisions set out a complete code governing the duties of an applicant for a patent, the consequences of a failure to comply with those duties, and the steps that may be taken to avoid those consequences.

 [3]               We agree with Mr. Justice Mosley’s conclusion at paragraph 34 of his Reasons for Judgment (2007 FC 1142).

Thus, where an applicant fails to respond to a requisition and the application is not reinstated within the year provided to rectify the situation, the patent application is abandoned as a matter of law. There is no discretionary decision which is reviewable by the Court.

 [4]               Accordingly, the appeal will be dismissed.

Rappel du contexte de l’affaire:  abandon d’une demande pour faute de ne pas avoir répondu une des requêtes dans un rapport d’examen contenant des requêtes multiples de fournir de l’art antérieur cité ou le statut de d’autres demandes correspondantes.

La Cour d’appel ne semble donc pas être flexible avec la loi.

Voir la décision 

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