is an associate at Ridout & Maybee LLP, in the firm’s Toronto office. Bobby’s intellectual property practice includes preparing patent applications, providing legal opinions, and directing patent prosecution in a wide variety of fields, including nuclear energy, manufacturing, oil and gas, medical devices, and mechanical devices.
The Government of Canada is changing the current Patent Act and Patent Rules to modernize the Canadian patent regime. The current Patent Rules will be replaced with a new set of rules (the “New Rules”), which will come into force on October 30, 2019. While not all of the changes are “traps,” practitioners should be wary of traps that could affect their practice, and ensure deadlines are updated in preparation of the changes.