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Made-in-Canada supply chain for COVID-19 medical equipment runs IP risks, lawyers warn

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2016.
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2016. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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As Ottawa tries to source more supplies to combat the COVID-19 crisis within Canada’s borders, manufacturers across the country are retooling idle factories to make personal protective and medical equipment. But even in these extraordinary circumstances—and despite the federal government’s emergency powers letting it override patents—legal experts warn that companies are putting themselves at risk if they’re infringing on others’ intellectual property.

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