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You may have heard that it's not worthwhile to patent your company's technology in Canada, with its smaller market, its conservative judicial remedies and its skepticism toward software-based patents.

Doing business in Québec can sometimes pose unique challenges for trademark owners. The Québec Charter of the French Language defines French as the official language of Québec, including as the language of business and commerce.

Despite the popularity of Pokémon Go, the game may find itself undercut by imitators due to choices made during the course of filing for patent protection. In particular, the decision to request non-publication in the U.S. has limited patent protection to only the United States.

In Pollard Banknote v Babn Technologies, Justice Locke of the Federal Court recently re-affirmed the conventional view that the prosecution history of a patent or 'file wrapper' is irrelevant to claim construction in Canada. As a result, the patentee in Pollard was not estopped from arguing for a claim construction that contradicted its previous submissions to the Patent Office during prosecution. This resulted in a very different claim construction than would otherwise have been the case.

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Ridout & Maybee Updates

Congratulations to partner Janet Fuhrer who has been selected for inclusion in the 11th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada! This inclusion is under the category of Intellectual Property.

Ridout & Maybee LLP is proud to support the National Arts Centre Foundation's National Youth and Education Trust!

We are pleased to announce that firm partners Janet Fuhrer and Daphne Maravei have been named Leading Practitioners in the 2016 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Ridout & Maybe LLP would like to welcome three new associates to our team of qualified IP professionals: Stacy Rush, Gregory Forrest, and Andrew Kaikai!

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