IPIC Submission on Proposed Amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations
17 January 2018
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Industrial Design Committee
Response to consultation
IPIC is pleased to provide comments on the proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations as published in Canada Gazette Part I: Vol. 151 No. 49 (2017), December 9, 2017 (the “Gazette”) to reflect the proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Act (not yet in force) which are required to enable Canada to accede to the Hague Treaty.
It is important for Canadian businesses, universities and other institutions that our intellectual property (IP) system remains competitive with those of other jurisdictions. The government’s interest in modernizing and improving the IP framework is therefore noteworthy and welcome. The accession to the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the consequential changes to the Industrial Design Act and Regulations are a step in the right direction and are welcome by IPIC.