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By Andrew Kaikai, Student-at law

Ridout & Maybee LLP

On October 5, 2015, 12 countries including Canada signed the final draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”). Ratification must occur within two years. Intellectual property was a contentious issue during negotiations, in particular aspects relating to pharmaceuticals, such as patent term extensions, data protection and patent/drug approval “linkage” mechanisms.

Ridout & Maybee LLP is pleased to announce that effective November 2, 2015 the practice of Gowan Intellectual Property merged with Ridout & Maybee LLP. The principal of Gowan Intellectual Property, Gerald Gowan, has joined the Ridout & Maybee team and will be located in our Mississauga office.

By Kenneth Ma

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) came into effect on January 6, 2015. The program will last for a period of three years, ending on January 5, 2018. If past history is any guide, the CIPO-EPO PPH program will be extended or made permanent at that time. The program aims to accelerate patent examination for applicants who file in both CIPO and EPO.

By Michael Ionescu

Bill C-51, the Economic Action Plan 2015, No 1, received Royal Assent on June 23, 2015 and has passed into law. The Bill presents amendments which introduce several changes to the Patent Act, Trademarks Act and Industrial Design Act.

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