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On January 27, 2014, five multilateral treaties pertaining to patents, trade-marks and industrial designs were tabled before the Canadian Parliament, thus beginning the process of ratifying and implementing these treaties. The effects could be far- reaching. No official explanation has been offered for the government’s movement on these five treaties but it is speculated that ratification of these treaties is a condition of Canada’s acceptance into the Canada – EU Trade Agreement and/or the Trans-Pacific Partnership. None of these treaties are new; they have all been discussed in Canada, inside and outside of government, for many years. If these five treaties are ratified, many of the changes will be procedural in nature, thereby primarily affecting IP practitioners. However, some provisions of the treaties will have broader implications and will affect IP owners. The treaties, and their possible implications, are summarized below.
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