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Canada Seeks to Modernise Intellectual Property Regime

The Canadian government is seeking input from interested parties by 8 January on proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations. Developed in close collaboration with stakeholders, the proposed regulatory amendments are aligned with the Canadian government’s plan to develop a new intellectual property strategy to help ensure that Canada’s intellectual property regime is modern, robust and supports Canadian innovation in the 21st century.

According to a press release from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the primary objective of the proposed changes is to allow Canada to accede to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the Hague Agreement), which would provide Canadians with access to an international registration system that allows the intellectual property of industrial designs to be protected in multiple jurisdictions through a single streamlined process. A second objective is to modernise Canada’s industrial design regime by updating, clarifying, codifying and improving aspects of the regulatory framework. Canadian officials believe these measures will better serve clients, lower costs and improve the ease of doing business.

In addition to amending the industrial design framework to join the Hague Agreement, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is working to amend the trademarks and patent frameworks so that Canada can join four other widely adopted international intellectual property treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation: the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement for trademarks, and the Patent Law Treaty.

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