Business methods — and, by extension, financial services innovations — are commonly perceived as not being patentable in Canada. This perception is no doubt fed by the prevalence of subject matter objections made by Canadian patent examiners against computer-related and business method claims.

This has been a source of frustration for some patent applicants, especially since the Canadian patent statute and case law provide little support for certain administrative positions taken by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and its examiners.

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