As part of the government’s latest budget bill, C-43, proposed changes to the Patent Act and the Industrial Design Act have been introduced. The changes are intended to implement the Patent Law Treaty and the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
The legislation, Bill C-43, entitled, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures, or the short title, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, amends a number of acts, including the Patent Act and Industrial Design Act. Of note, it does not amend the Copyright Act, as speculated earlier this month.
Amendments to the Trade-marks Act were passed in the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 in June.
From the summary in the legislation (full text):
The amendments generally simplify the filing process for patents and industrial designs and provide more flexibility for implementation details in the regulations. The amendments relating to the Industrial Design Act start at section 102, and for the Patent Act start at section 114.
[Update: Dec 16, 2014 – Bill C-43 has received royal assent.]