2019 was a year to remember in Canadian trademark law primarily because, after a delay of five years, Canada finally implemented the amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act introduced in 2014.
litigation and strategy
In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Di Filippo and Caron v. Bank of Nova Scotia et al, 2019 ONSC 3282 (Di Filippo), Justice Belobaba approved an “ice breaker” settlement in a price-fixing class action despite the “token” settlement amount — which represented less than 6% of the settlement paid by the same defendants in parallel proceedings in the U.S. — on the basis of the “inestimable value” of the first-settling defendants’ agreement to co-operate with class counsel.
Under the doctrine of overbreadth (also referred to as "claims broader than the invention" and "covetous claiming"), a patent is invalid if its claims extend beyond the invention. While seemingly a straightforward idea, there is a lack of clarity for how such an allegation of invalidity is approached by the Court.