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.
The government has announced consultations on reforms to the Copyright Board. A discussion paper accompanying the consultation identifies 13 possible options for legislative and regulatory reforms for the Copyright Board to address timely decision making. The consultation is open until September 29. Continue reading Copyright Board