Insights: Legislative Updates

Public Authority Trademarks in Canada – Legislative Reform

On June 9, 2014 Bill C-611 (a private members bill) was put before Parliament with the intention of amending section 9 of the Trademarks Act,which deals with official marks. Section 9, and official mark protection thereunder, is the primary purview of governments and governmental authorities within Canada allowing for streamlined access to broader protection for public authorities and official marks than is available in most circumstances to regular trademark applicants.

New Canadian trademark law amendments – business impact

In the summer of 2014 a large series of amendments to the Trademarks Act in Canada received Royal Assent. The implementation of these treaties and legislative changes will have a significant impact on trademark practice and brand owners in Canada.

Canadian government introduces new anti-counterfeiting measures

On March 1, 2013, the Government of Canada introduced new anticounterfeiting legislation in draft form for consideration to Parliament.

Changes in the US patent law impacting IP business decisions

The American legislature has recently passed the America Invents Act, a long awaiting attempt at patent reform.