Tag Archives: Industrial Designs


Today, as part of its budget announcement the government indicated its plans to amend the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act and Industrial Design Act to provide statutory privilege for confidential communications with agents and permit CIPO to extend deadlines in cases of force majeure. The government also plans to amend the Copyright Act to implement and accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled and to extend the term of protection of sound recordings and performances for an additional 20 years.

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IP Treaties

The government has tabled five intellectual property treaties in the House of Commons:

  • Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid Protocol”),
  • Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (“Singapore”),
  • Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (“Nice”),
  • Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“Hague”), and
  • the Patent Law Treaty.

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