The Canadian Intellectual Property Office
("CIPO") has announced public
consultations on its practices with respect to patent claims to
diagnostic methods and medical uses.
CIPO's announced consultations also extend to
encompass its practices with respect to inventive concept
and statutory subject matter under Canada's Patent
Act. Statutory subject matter was brought into new focus
following the November 2011 decision of the Federal Court of Appeal
(2011 FCA 328) which affirmed that business methods may be
patentable subject matter, and ordered the Commissioner of Patents
to re-examine the "one-click" patent application of
Amazon.com Inc. on an expedited basis. On December 23, 2011
– after more than 10 years of pendency – the
Commissioner allowed Amazon's Canadian Patent Application No.
2246933 for its "one-click" method.
The 30-day consultation which is now underway
commenced during the week of April 2, 2012. Interested
parties are presently invited to submit comments concerning
CIPO's practices with respect to inventive concept and
statutory subject matter under Canada's Patent Act,
and with respect to patent claims for diagnostic methods
and medical uses.
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