2010

The Federal Court determines whether patents and patent applications must be bilingual

The Federal Court ruled that the unilingual publication of patent information by the Commissioner of Patents constitutes a violation of Part VII of the Official Languages Act and ordered that patent abstracts be made available in both official languages.

The Court concluded that public access to patents is important and that making such information available in only one official language deprives the official language minority community of important legal and scientific information and is therefore a violation of Part VII of the Official Languages Act.