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13 May 2019
On 13 March 2019 the Competition Bureau published the final version of its updated IP Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs). The previous version of the IPEGs was released in April 2016 (for further details please see "Competition Bureau releases updated IP Enforcement Guidelines" and "Competition Bureau releases revised IP Enforcement Guidelines").(1)
As noted by the bureau when it launched its consultation on the draft updated IPEGs, "[t]he updates are modest and will not substantially change the Bureau's approach in enforcing the Competition Act with respect to matters involving intellectual property". Indeed, most of the changes to the IPEGs reflect the 2017 amendments to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and, in particular, the termination of dual litigation.
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