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Pharma in Brief’s 2023 Year in Review and Trends for 2024

As you start the new year, allow us to recap 2023’s important legal and regulatory developments for Canadian pharma. We also flag what to watch out for in 2024.  The most significant legal development in 2023 was the introduction of a system of patent term adjustment (PTA). On the regulatory front, seemingly all of Canada’s … Continue reading

Federal Court Notice on Use of Artificial Intelligence in Court Proceedings

On December 20, 2023, the Federal Court (Court) published a notice on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in proceedings (Notice) and interim principles and guidelines on the Court’s own use of AI (Policy). Notice mandates AI Declaration from litigants Declaration requirement. The Court now expects parties to proceedings before the Court to inform it, … Continue reading

Federal Court refuses to issue injunction on infringed antibody formulation patent

On December 4, 2023, the Federal Court held that a patent claiming a formulation of adalimumab, a monoclonal antibody used to treat autoimmune diseases, is valid and is being infringed by a biosimilar product. However, the Court refused to issue an injunction removing the infringing product from the Canadian market, finding that it was not … Continue reading

Guidance on inventor discovery and “invention story” evidence in Canadian patent actions: Federal Court rules in favour of patentee

In three recent decisions, released in July and August, the Federal Court addressed questions concerning inventors and the “invention story” during Canadian patent litigation. The Court found that: (i) a patentee has no duty to facilitate inventor discovery; (ii) patentee’s counsel can object to questions during an inventor examination; and (iii) a patent challenger must … Continue reading

Higher costs awards coming to the Federal Court, including for pharma regulatory and IP disputes

Higher costs awards for Federal Court litigation are on the horizon, with the Canadian government consulting on proposed amendments to the costs structure in the Federal Courts Rules (the Rules). The proposed amendments are intended to increase costs awards by approximately 25%.   The current costs regime Under the Rules, the Federal Courts can fix a … Continue reading

Federal Court Issues Consolidated IP Guidelines

On May 18, 2021, the Federal Court (FC) issued amended Case and Trial Management Guidelines for Complex Proceedings (the Updated FC Guidelines). As we previously reported, the FC first issued the FC Guidelines to consolidate and address topics in earlier FC Notices to the Profession. Notable amendments: The Updated FC Guidelines include the following notable … Continue reading

Federal Courts update guidance on COVID-19

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) provided updated guidance for resuming hearings starting September 1, 2020 and clarified the effect of the federal Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) on timelines for commencing and conducting litigation in the FCA. Both the FCA and the Federal Court confirmed that all Practice Directions, judgments, orders and … Continue reading

Federal Courts begin to phase out the Suspension Period

On June 11, 2020 the Federal Court (FC) and Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) published updated notices to gradually phase out the Suspension Period, which had previously been extended to June 15, 2020. Federal Court The FC’s June 11, 2020 Practice Direction and Order (Updated Order), amends its previous Practice Directions, which, subject to the … Continue reading

Federal Court comments on the admissibility of ‘but for’ world s. 8 evidence and rejects generic pipefill claim

Case:  Eli Lilly Canada Inc et al v Teva Canada Limited, 2017 FC 88 Drug:  ZYPREXA® (olanzapine) Nature of case: Action pursuant to section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, SOR/93-133 (the Regulations) Successful party: Teva Canada Limited Date: April 4, 2017 (public reasons) Summary The Federal Court established the parameters to … Continue reading
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