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No patent on privilege in federal push

Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

A federal government proposal to throw a cloak of secrecy over patent and trademark agents’ confidential communications with their clients has divided the intellectual property bar and surprised legal regulators.

As part of its latest omnibus budget implementation bill, the proposed Economic Action Plan, 2015, No. 1, the government tabled unheralded amendments May 7 implementing a 2003 proposal by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) to extend privacy protection equivalent to solicitor-client privilege to confidential communications between patent and trademark agents and their clients....