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Federal Court decision instructive on scope of patent agent privilege: lawyer
Jennifer Marles, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP
Jennifer Marles, a partner with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP in Vancouver, said she believes this decision is instructive for both lawyers and non-lawyer patent agents, but especially the latter because it has provided a very clear indication that certain of their communications that they might have believed would be protected by privilege, are not.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 1:03 PM

A recent Federal Court ruling in Janssen Inc. v. Sandoz Canada Inc. 2021 FC 1265 established that non-lawyer patent agent communications are privileged only in narrowly focused circumstances defined under Canada’s Patent Act. ... [read more]

Joint submissions ‘not sacrosanct,’ Appeal Court rules in case of woman who killed abusive husband Subscriber only content

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 11:58 AM

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Alberta’s top court has halved an 18-year sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of her abusive husband, saying the initial sentence reflected stereotypes and outdated thinking about battered women. ... [read more]

Updated federal family law booklets helpful to lawyers and clients: lawyer Shelley Hounsell-Gray, Blackburn Law.

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 3:59 PM

Updated information booklets on amended federal divorce laws and how they apply to separation, shared parenting, family violence and putting kids first will remind lawyers to help parting spouses find “peaceful” and “workable solutions” to disputes, says a legal mind involved with the project. ... [read more]

Courts in Alberta, Ontario, N.W.T. continue to adjust to virus

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

Courts continue to shelve and reschedule matters due to COVID-19 and the spread of the omicron variant. Between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4, Alberta’s provincial court has adjourned all non-urgent out-of-custody trials, preliminary inquiries and any other hearings requiring witness evidence, according to a notice. ... [read more]

Federal Court underscores ‘procedural fairness’ in denial of RCMP fertility-treatment benefits case Subscriber only content Nancy Shapiro

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 9:22 AM

By sending a case back to an adjudicator within the RCMP grievance system, the Federal Court missed an opportunity to clarify coverage under the Mounties’ policy for fertility treatment offered to its members, according to Toronto civil litigator Nancy Shapiro. ... [read more]