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02 September 2019
On 30 July 2019 Canada acceded to the Patent Law Treaty. This accession marks the near completion of Canada's long and ambitious journey to modernise its patent, trademark and industrial design laws and harmonise its IP laws with its most important trading partners worldwide.
This journey began on 28 January 2014, when the government simultaneously tabled five different international treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation:
Over the past five years, the government has drafted, publicly consulted on and implemented the legislation and regulations required to allow Canada to accede to each of these international treaties. The following is a summary of Canada's accession to these treaties:
As a result of the recent and upcoming changes to Canadian patent, trademark and industrial design law, Canadian and international businesses and rights holders alike can expect a more consistent and level playing field for securing IP rights.
For further information on this topic please contact Christine Genge or Artemis Lai at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh by telephone (+1 613 232 2486) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh website can be accessed at www.smart-biggar.ca.
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