Changes to Canadian Patent Rules – procedures for avoidance of double patenting streamlined

If you ask a foreign patent applicant what is the most frustrating aspect of Canadian patent prosecution, chances are they will say it is Canada’s double patenting laws.  The Office takes a tough stance with respect to the allowance of two co-pending applications owned by the same applicant as this is seen as evergreening patent … Continue reading Changes to Canadian Patent Rules – procedures for avoidance of double patenting streamlined

Upcoming Changes to Canadian Patent Law – restoration of patent rights

Changes to Restoration of Patent Rights in Canada The Canadian Patent Act will be undergoing sweeping changes as early as Fall 2019.  Many of the expected changes will significantly complicate mechanisms for restoration of rights after a missed deadline.  The following is an overview of some of the pending changes for reviving patent rights in … Continue reading Upcoming Changes to Canadian Patent Law – restoration of patent rights

Patent analytics – biofuels

The biofuel space is becoming increasingly crowded, making it more and more difficult to carve out a niche for patenting.  In addition, case law developments have made patenting more challenging, not just for biofuels, but more generally in all technology areas.  This can put a strain on small to medium enterprises without financial resources to … Continue reading Patent analytics – biofuels

Patent prosecution in the UK and Europe – acceleration options

I am pleased to present a guest post from Mark Richardson of Keltie LLP on the various routes available to accelerate examination before the UK Patent Office (UKIPO) and European Patent Office (EPO). This post has been reproduced with the kind permission of the author.  Patent prosecution in the UK and Europe – acceleration options Prosecuting a patent … Continue reading Patent prosecution in the UK and Europe – acceleration options

Green tech patenting – borrowing from established industries

  Many processes for making biofuels are based, at least partly, on established technologies.  The production of drop-in biodiesel can employ hydro-processing steps that are used conventionally in the oil industry to refine crude oil to finished products.  Moreover, some processes for the production of alcohol products from biomass feedstock make use of unit operations … Continue reading Green tech patenting – borrowing from established industries

The value of deferring patent costs

Patenting is expensive.  I often receive calls from inventors who are new to patenting their inventions and they are surprised at the initial cost of drafting a patent application and then filing it at the Patent Office.  However, patenting an invention is difficult and complex and it takes years of experience to prepare a patent … Continue reading The value of deferring patent costs

Patenting plants for biofuel and biomaterial production

Patent protection of new biofuel plant varieties High yielding biofuel crops with increased conversion efficiency can reduce the acreage needed for cultivation and reduce their competition with food crops.  It goes without saying that companies that develop new plant varieties for making biofuels should seek patent protection.  Similar rationale applies for crops developed for biomaterial … Continue reading Patenting plants for biofuel and biomaterial production

Some quotes from Nikola Tesla – the art of inventing

I wrote a post about a month and a half ago about Nikola Tesla and some of his interesting innovation in the green space.  I want to share an interesting quote I found on the internet about something he said to a reporter regarding the inventive process.  As you'll see from the quote below, he … Continue reading Some quotes from Nikola Tesla – the art of inventing

Did you know Nikola Tesla patented renewable technology?

Tesla was no stranger to the necessity of proper timing for the adoption of a new technology: The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of … Continue reading Did you know Nikola Tesla patented renewable technology?

Is your IP portfolio turning into a rat’s nest?

For a start-up or mid-size company, devising an IP strategy can be a daunting task.  Maybe you've filed a few patent  applications, but don't yet have a clear plan regarding what you want to achieve with your IP, much less a road-map telling you how to get there.  As your patent portfolio grows, without a … Continue reading Is your IP portfolio turning into a rat’s nest?