Canadian Patent Office Puts Prosecution Histories Online

On June 15, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) opened the prosecution histories of Canadian patents and Canadian published patent applications for public access via the world wide web. The totality of such written correspondence for a particular patent application or patent is referred to as its “patent prosecution history.” In patent parlance, the term … Continued

A Thicket of Intellectual Property May Protect Your Product Better Than a Fence

In life, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In business, imitation of your products is a threat to your livelihood. Intellectual property (IP) protection can be an invaluable tool for preventing competitors from wrongfully benefiting from your products’ successes. But what form of IP protection (patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design or trade secret) is … Continued

How Canadians Can Fast Track a US Patent

Thinking about filing a U.S. patent application for your innovative product or service? Disheartened by anecdotal evidence that the patent application process is painfully slow? If so, take heart: you may be able to accelerate the process by participating in one of a number of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) programs designed to reduce … Continued