Archive for the 'Patents' Category

Canadian i4i, Inc wins abroad, but is there any protection at home?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Toronto based firm i4i, Inc. has been getting a fair bit of press lately as the tiny firm that took on Microsoft Corp. and succeeded in winning an injunction against sales of certain versions of Microsoft Word software in the United States as well as a US$290-million award for damages, willful infringement and prejudgment interest. […]

Drugs are a (patent) lawyer’s best friend?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

There was an interesting article in yesterday’s Report on Business, entitled As patent cases clog courts, drugs are a lawyer’s best friend, which describes how the Federal Court of Canada judges are swamped with a rising tide of complex patent litigation and how law firms are scrambling for talent to keep up with one of […]

Patent Agent Recommended

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) release a warning yesterday, noting that it has been made aware of companies offering alternative methods of protecting inventions. CIPO recommends that inventors contact a registered patent agent for advice.

Hmmm, sounds familiar. See here, and also here, about my previous blog entries regarding invention promotion firms.

See also […]

Free Patent Calendar for 2008

Monday, November 26th, 2007

PATSCAN’s Bizarre Patent Calendar for 2008 (pdf) is now available.

I like the entry for December (i.e. US 6,490,999) for a leash and collar combination to walk one’s snake. It even includes a feature for reducing the snake’s concertina movement through the collar

For more details on this particular invention, see the inventor’s website at […]

Canadian Patent Database and freePat

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has recently added features to the online patent database.

CIPO states that the new features include:

Highlighted search term: terms defined in the original query will be highlighted on document detail pages.
Improved navigation: search results pages are now numbered for easier access to specific pages.
Toggle between languages: Switching from English […]

Mr. Justice Bastarache speaks on SCC’s decision in the Schmeiser case

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Duke University’s The Chronicle reports that the Honourable Mr. Justice Michel Bastarache, of the Supreme Court of Canada, criticized that court for the 2004 decisions in the Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser case, which he said implies that a higher life form is patentable.

Duke University School of Law held an ABA Animal Law […]

“freePat” is back (sort of)

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Those of you familiar with the patent downloader called freePat may have noticed that this program ceased working sometime in May of this year. Actually, I think it also went down briefly last winter for a bit.

freePat can download US, European, PCT, Canadian, French, German and UK patents to your computer as a single […]

More on Patenting One’s Godly Powers

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Further to my earlier posting, about patenting one’s Godly Power’s, I just received a nice email from Scott Davidson at Furman Kallio.

Scott noted that Chris Roller, the inventor of that U.S. patent application, has his own website at where the inventor mentions his pending patent application (along with an opportunity to have […]

Patent Rules and Trade-marks Regulations - Amendments

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

A number of changes to Canadian intellectual property regulations took effect yesterday (Saturday, June 2, 2007).

Amendments to the Patent Rules, the Trade-marks Regulations, the Industrial Design Regulations, the Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations, and the Copyright Regulations were previously published in the Canada Gazette on May 16, 2007. All of these amendments, except […]

Patenting One’s Godly Powers

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Don’t you wish you’d filed a patent application for your special powers.

See U.S. Patent Application 11/161,345 “Godly Powers” (published as 2007/0035812). is for sale

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

After a long hiatus (wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since my last post), I’ve been prompted back into the blogosphere by a nice email from Eugene Derényi, at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Ottawa, who informed me that the domain name is for sale. Currently the bid is already at […]

Googling a Patent

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

One can now use Google Patent Search to search through about 7 million of the USPTO’s issued patents.

Using the same technology as that of Google Book Search, Google has converted most of the image database of USPTO into a searchable format. Google’s patent database covers U.S. patents issued in the 1790s […]


Friday, October 6th, 2006

Pretty cool idea, in an effervescent kind of way: patentfizz that is.

Greatest Canadian Invention

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Voting has now started on CBC’s website for the greatest Canadian invention.

There are 50 Canadian inventions that made the list, including:

The zipper, invented by Gideon Sundback (see CA 519,222).
The pacemaker, invented by John Alexander Hopps.
The light bulb, by Canadian inventors Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans who patented the first electric light bulb, subsequently selling […]

Patent for Rubberband Guy

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Apparently a couple of months ago, the USPTO issued a design patent for a Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands (the word Homunculus is Latin for “little man”).

I wonder where one can buy these Homunculi? Hmmm, maybe try Only $16.95 Canada.

The little Rubberband Homunculus reminds me of the large blue rubberband ball […]