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Patent Law Treaty ratified

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 2:37 PM | By John Chunn

On July 30, Canada formally ratified the Patent Law Treaty.

According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s (CIPO) press release, the amendments to the Patent Act and the new Patent Rules will come into force on Oct. 30, 2019. This updated legislative regime will permit Canada to implement the Patent Law Treaty.

According to CIPO, the Patent Law Treaty harmonizes and streamlines patent administrative procedures among national intellectual property (IP) offices and delivers key benefits for businesses:

• more efficient process to secure a filing date
• harmonized administrative procedures and formalities
• modernized patent legislative framework

This is the last of five IP treaties that Canada will implement, all in the course of less than one year, representing a significant modernization of the nation’s IP regime.

In addition to the Patent Law Treaty, Canada joined four other IP treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization over the past year: the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement for trademarks on June 17, 2019, as well as the Hague Agreement for industrial designs on Nov. 5, 2018.