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When it comes to securing IP rights, we are vigorous and strategic advocates. We assist clients in acquiring the appropriate IP rights to support their business mandates.
The patent agents of Aird & McBurney hold Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Eng. degrees in their fields of expertise. This technical depth allows us to offer unparalleled service in the preparation, prosecution and maintenance of patent and industrial design applications over a wide range of technologies and industries, including:
- Aerospace and Aeronautics
- “Clean” or “Green” Innovation (such as renewable energy, biofuels, solar power, wind power and water purification)
- E-Commerce Software
- Manufacturing and Consumer Products
- Medical and Agricultural Biotechnologies
- Medical Devices
- Oil and Gas
- Scientific Instrumentation
- Wireless Communications
We provide patentability, freedom to operate, infringement and validity opinions, in designing to avoid patent infringement. We have extensive experience in developing and managing strategic international IP portfolios while keeping up with the latest technical advances and the rapidly changing global IP climate.
TheSpotlightIn the recent decision of Janssen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal declared a subsequent action brought under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations to be a...
ArticleAs private companies increasingly pioneer space innovation, the spotlight on intellectual property protection beyond Earth’s atmosphere intensifies.
ArticleTo help avoid an application being rejected as non-statutory, applicants may consider including in their patent applications claim elements that, along with algorithm or method steps, impart physicali...
ArticleOn January 1, 2024, standard fees that are payable to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for patent applications and patents will increase by at least 25 percent.
ArticleOn January 1, 2024, fees that are payable to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for industrial design applications and registrations will increase by at least 25 percent.
Firm NewsAird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 12th edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The IAM Patent 1000 identifies ...
ArticleThe Federal Court of Appeal recently provided insight on the appropriate procedures for managing the relationship between expert witnesses and legal counsel.
ArticleFor now, the proposed amendments are solely to the Patent Act and require a series of amendments to the Patent Rules which will codify many of the particulars of the new Patent Term Adjustment regime.
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2023. This guide features some of the foremost ex...
TheSpotlightThe Federal Court recently found that patentees may be denied equitable remedies in a patent infringement action if they fail to diligently prosecute their patents. In certain circumstances, the failu...
TheSpotlightRecently, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Pharmascience Inc. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co., 2022 FCA 142. The decision touches on various issues, but I want to focus on one: ...
Federal Court Holds That Design and Promotional Activities for FLNG Facility Did Not Infringe Canadian PatentThe Canadian Federal Court’s recent decision in Steelhead LNG (ASLNG) Ltd. v. ARC Resources Ltd., 2022 FC 998 held that mere design and promotional activities for a floating liquefied natural gas faci...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 2022 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, a guide that identifies the top...
Federal Court Adopts New Framework for Assessing Subject-Matter Eligibility and Directs CIPO To Use itIn Benjamin Moore, the Federal Court has provided a clear legal framework with little room for misinterpretation. It is unlikely that a new practice notice will be issued while the decision is still c...
TheSpotlightOn October 3, 2022, amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules will come into force, introducing changes to patent prosecution in Canada. The most significant of these changes are excess claims fees and ...
Whose Liability Is It Anyway? The Court Clarifies the Burden in Summary Trials and Infers InducementIn Janssen Inc. v. Pharmascience Inc., 2022 FC 62, the Federal Court highlighted two important issues: the burden in summary trial proceedings and the evidentiary burden for proving inducement of pate...