Latest Estimates on Effective Date of the Patent and Design Act Amendments
October 20, 2015
By Stephen Beney
Last week, Johanne Bélisle, Canada’s Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), noted in a speech to the Canadian Intellectual Property Institute at its Annual Meeting that the expected date of implementation of international patent and design treaties in Canada, namely the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and the Hague Agreement (affecting industrial designs), would be sometime in the fall of 2017. The last estimated implementation dates had been late 2016 or early 2017. Accordingly, this pushes the changes out about another year. Many of the changes these treaties bring to the Canadian Patent Act and Industrial Designs Act are welcome. For example, the PLT harmonizes requirements for the filing of patent applications while the Hague system provides a mechanism for registering an industrial design in several countries through a single application, filed in one language and with one set of fees. It is expected that rule package consultations will take place in 2016. We will keep you informed of all consultations and ongoing estimates of passage of all these changes as we become aware of them.
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