Last semester, as part of Osgoode's Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program, I had the opportunity to work with in-house counsel at AstraZeneca Canada. Having previously completed graduate studies in organic chemistry, I had always been very interested in the scientific aspects of the drug development process so I was very excited to have […]
The granting of a patent has often been described as a bargain  between the government and the patentee. In exchange for the exclusive right  to make, construct, use and sell their invention, the inventor will disclose the details of their discovery and, upon the patent's expiry, the invention will be made available to […]
In the past, Monsanto has been successful in defending the company's patents concerning the genes and modified cells present in genetically modified (GM) plants in both the United States and in Canada. Are Monsanto's new products going to be a hot topic of debate? Likely yes, but maybe not for the reasons you would expect.
What do cooking and chemistry have in common? Apparently, the former provides great analogies to explain the latter. Apotex has recently applied for judicial review of a decision of the Director General of the Therapeutic Products Derivative (TPD) concerning its generic drug, Apo-Telmisartan. While several issues were raised in the application, of particular interest was […]
The government of Antigua and Barbuda has recently published a press release detailing their plans on establishing a statutory body to oversee the monetization and exploitation of the suspension of American intellectual property rights. The World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized the suspension of US IP rights in the small twin-island nation earlier this year. The organization overseeing these developments, the WTO Remedies Implementation Committee, is in the […]
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… or at least a heated debate. On October 8th, 2013, the European Parliament voted on the proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). One of the highly contested issues concerned intellectual property rights and the labeling and packaging of tobacco products.