On January 27, 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, David Anderson tabled five previously concluded intellectual
property treaties in the House of Commons including the:
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the
International Registration of Marks (the Madrid Protocol);
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (the Singapore
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of
Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
(the Nice Agreement);
Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International
Registration of Industrial Designs; and
These treaties will have a significant impact on intellectual
property rights holders in Canada. The Patent Law Treaty will
harmonize and streamline formal procedures in respect of national
and regional patent applications and patents by providing maximum
sets of requirements which the Office of a Contracting Party may
The ratification and implementation of the treaties relating to
trade-marks, namely the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and
the Nice Agreement, has been long expected and their tabling
reflects Canada's commitment to respond to new business trends
and to an increase in globalization by, among other things,
providing trade-mark owners with access to a centralized and cost
effective option facilitating the registration of trade-marks in
over 90 countries/regions.
Osler will continue to monitor the implementation process and
provide updates as the process unfolds.
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