Karen Durell

Partner | Toronto


Portrait of Karen Durell

COVID-19 & IP Offices

Just as other sectors are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, so are intellectual property offices around the world (“IP Offices”). The measures that some IP Offices are enacting include providing extensions for some due dates to account for disruption caused...


New Patent Laws for Canada: The Next Step in Canada’s IP Modernization Project

Over the past several months, many of the Canadian intellectual property laws have been amended to comply with international treaties. Such treaties include the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty, the Nice Agreement, the Patent Law Treaty and the Hague Agreement....


Carrots or Sticks: New Laws for Missed Patent Maintenance Fees

For several years, Canadian legislators have been engaged in a project to modernize Canadian intellectual property laws and ensure compliance with Canada’s treaty obligations. The latest step in this modernization initiative involves amendments to the Canadian patent laws. Upcoming changes...


David Reive and Karen Durell quoted in The Globe & Mail

The Globe and Mail, "How Canadian companies can protect themselves from fakes, here and abroad"

Sporting a fake down parka that you bought at a flea market may seem like innocent fun, but it’s nothing of the sort to manufacturers and exporters, safety regulators and those whose business depends on protecting intellectual property. It has recently...