Canadian IP courts’ updated responses to Covid-19 concerns

Since the unfolding of the COVID-19 situation, courts across Canada have drastically reduced their operations. Courts are now making ongoing changes to their practices and procedures to adapt to the evolving situation and facilitate better access to justice, including increased availability of judicial officers to hear matters remotely and move matters forward. This article summarizes the latest changes in the Federal Courts and Supreme Court of Canada as of April 30, 2020.

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