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How NAFTA renegotiation will affect trademarks and patents

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 9:17 AM | By Kristin Wall and Corey McClary

Canada’s participation in international trade agreements has a history of strengthening national intellectual property (IP) protections. Will the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) present similar opportunities for the Canadian patent and trademarks regime? The Trump administration’s May 2017 announcement of the United States’ intent to renegotiate the 23-year old NAFTA pact has led to speculation that an evolution in Canada’s IP legislation may be on the horizon.

NAFTA’s current Chapter 17 on IP establishes minimum standards of protection and principles concerning effective...