Business Method Patents in Canada

Business Method Patents in Canada

This session will discuss the patentability of business methods in Canada. In particular, the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in Commissioner of Patents v. Inc., 2011 FCA 328.

Dr. Emir Crowne is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and Partner at Crowne PC. With over 65 publications to his name, he has written extensively on a wide variety of areas, with patentable subject matter being of particular interest as it was the focus of his doctorate. He also Co-Founded & Co-Chairs the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot and writes headnotes for the Canadian Patent Reporter.

Tasha De Freitas (B. Eng., J.D.) is a technical consultant and lawyer with Perry + Currier Inc. /Currier + Kao LLP in Toronto. Her practice focuses on the acquisition of intellectual property rights related to patents. Tasha’s services include: patent drafting, patent prosecution, and providing patentability, validity and infringement opinions. She works with a wide variety of technologies, including mobile devices, computer-implemented technologies, optical devices and manufacturing systems.

Before attending law school, Tasha studied aerospace engineering with a focus on structures, systems and vehicle design. As an undergraduate student, Tasha interned at a leading aerospace subcontractor where she worked on prominent commercial aircraft projects including the Airbus A380 jetliner and Bombardier CRJ-700/900 series regional aircraft

Nicole Bragança is an articling student at Gowling LaFleur Henderson LLP’s Toronto office. Her interests are primarily in the area of intellectual property law litigation.

Nicole graduated from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She represented Windsor Law at the 2011 Harold G. Fox Canadian Intellectual Property Moot where she appeared before judges of the Federal Court and Ontario Superior Court.

Prior to attending law school, Nicole received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph, with minors in Genetics, Classical History and a focus on Interdisciplinary Studies.


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