Foley & Lardner LLP (JD Supra Canada)

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  • Canada Provides More Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Method Claims

    While the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims remains questionable in the United States, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued updated guidance on the types of diagnostic method claims that can–and cannot–be patented in Canada. Since most stakeholders in this field pursue patent protection internationally, it can be important to know the standards that will be applied in

  • Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

    In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in July 2014, the final set of provisions to take effect would have afforded individuals the right to file private causes of action for alleged violations of CASL, in addition to...

  • Canada Joins the Gene Patenting Debate

    Canada has joined the gene patenting debate. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (“Children’s”) sued the University of Utah Research Foundation, Genzyme Genetics, and Yale University (“Defendants”) in Canada’s Federal Court asserting that 5 patents assigned to Defendants (collectively the “Long QT Patents”) for compositions and methods useful in the diagnosis and/or assessment of Long QT...

  • Patent-Eligibility of Diagnostic Patents Reconsidered in Canada

    The Canadian Patent Office released today practice guidelines regarding the patent-eligibility of medical diagnostic methods and medical methods. The practice guidance are in effect immediately and until further notice, and in place of any contrary guidance presently in the Canadian Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP, the Canadian equivalent to the US MPEP, setting forth examination criteria

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