CIPO has announced that “all applications will be inaccessible” from 3pm November 1st to 6am on November 5th. This relates to the upgrades needed to support the Industrial Design Act and Regulations amendments coming into force on November 5th.
Introduced yesterday, budget bill C-86 includes changes to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency. Some highlights include a college to regulate agents, reform of the Copyright Board, allows patent file histories to be admissible to rebut claim constructions, add bad faith as a ground of opposition for trademarks, and adds requirements for notices under the notice-and-notice copyright regime.
Canada, the US and Mexico announced a new trade agreement and the IP chapter (link) includes changes to patent term adjustment, copyright term, data protection, border enforcement on in-transit, and trade secret enforcement.