Markwell Clarizio LLP

canada

Snowplow Patents are Snowed Under due to Federal Court Findings of Obviousness

The Federal Court (per St-Louis J.) held that the asserted claims of three patents owned by Nordik Blades (collectively, the “Nordik Patents”) are invalid on the basis of obviousness. However, the Court found that the asserted claims are not overbroad and the Nordik Patents are not void under section 53 of the Patent Act. The […]

Snowplow Patents are Snowed Under due to Federal Court Findings of Obviousness Read More »

Federal Court Finds Takeda’s Patent Not infringed and Invalid for Inutility and Insufficiency

The Federal Court (per Furlanetto J.) held that Takeda’s 916 Patent covering aspects of its DEXILANT® capsules is not infringed by Apotex’s proposed generic dexlansoprazole capsules and, in any event, is invalid for inutility (lack of sound prediction) and insufficiency. Takeda Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. – Federal Court (fct-cf.gc.ca) The Court’s infringement and validity

Federal Court Finds Takeda’s Patent Not infringed and Invalid for Inutility and Insufficiency Read More »

Litigating Patents in Canada Compared to the U.S.A.

Some commentators have said the Inter Partes Review process and various U.S. Supreme Court decisions have recently made enforcement of patent rights in the United States more challenging. As a result, some patentees have looked abroad to places like Europe (especially Germany) to enforce their patent rights. But what about Canada? Why should an American

Litigating Patents in Canada Compared to the U.S.A. Read More »

Federal Court Determines the Inventive Concept of an Improved Drug Formulation

In this Federal Court decision (per Pentney J.), the plaintiffs Allergan and AbbVie (“Allergan”) were successful in upholding the validity of their 691 Patent. The defendant (“Juno”) conceded that its proposed generic drug product would infringe the 691 Patent. The main issues before the Court were obviousness and sufficiency. Allergan v Juno, 2023 FC 1686

Federal Court Determines the Inventive Concept of an Improved Drug Formulation Read More »

Announcement of a new Canadian Drug Agency by the Government of Canada

On December 18, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Canadian Drug Agency (“CDA”) built from CADTH in partnership with provinces and territories. The implementation of CDA is supported by an investment of $89.5 million over 5 years.   The creation of the CDA has been in the works for many years.

Announcement of a new Canadian Drug Agency by the Government of Canada Read More »

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part III

Co-written with Dino Clarizio This is the third of a series of three posts discussing some of the issues addressed by the trial judge (McVeigh J.) in NCS v Kobold, 2023 FC 1486. The three issues we discuss are those that arise less frequently in patent cases. They are: Topic 1: Priority Date (Post #1)Topic

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part III Read More »

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part II

Co-written with Dino Clarizio This is the second of a series of three posts discussing some of the issues addressed by the trial judge (McVeigh J.) in NCS v Kobold, 2023 FC 1486. The three issues we discuss are those that arise less frequently in patent cases. They are: Topic 1: Priority Dates (Post #1)Topic

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part II Read More »

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part I

Co-written with Dino Clarizio In a complex patent infringement action involving five NCS patents and one Kobold patent relating to tools and sleeves used in oil well drilling, the Federal Court (per McVeigh J.) held that NCS’s patents were invalid and not infringed, and that Kobold’s patent was valid and infringed by NCS. As a

Three Interesting Issues Raised in the NCS/Kobold Patent Action – Part I Read More »

Magnitude of Savings as a Factor on Bifurcation Motions

Federal Court (per McHaffie J.) dismisses motion to bifurcate a patent infringement action due to insufficient evidence. Bessette v. British Columbia – Federal Court (fct-cf.gc.ca) In Canada, the default process for patent infringement actions is that all issues are heard and decided together in a single trial. However, the Federal Court has a discretionary power

Magnitude of Savings as a Factor on Bifurcation Motions Read More »

Inducing Infringement with a Skinny Label: FCA Weighs-In

The Federal Court of Appeal (Locke JA writing for the Court) held that Apotex will induce infringement of patent claims to a combination of two active ingredients to treat a condition even though Apotex is seeking approval to market only one of the active ingredients as a monotherapy for the same condition. https://lnkd.in/gkb9faVi Janssen is the

Inducing Infringement with a Skinny Label: FCA Weighs-In Read More »