Modernizing Canada's Industrial Design Regime—An Overview

CIPO is making progress towards modernizing Canada's intellectual property (IP) framework. Implementing widely adopted international treaties in Canada will allow businesses to be better positioned to compete globally through a cost-effective means for obtaining reliable and high quality IP rights in multiple jurisdictions. A modernized industrial design regime will help Canadian businesses stay competitive in international markets by giving them an efficient means of protecting their intellectual property in various jurisdictions around the world. A regime that is aligned with other jurisdictions will lower the cost and increase the ease of doing business in Canada to the benefit of both Canadian businesses and those looking to protect their IP in Canadian markets.

Regarding industrial design, CIPO will be signing onto the Hague Agreement. Joining this treaty means key benefits for businesses:

Work is well underway in Canada to become a signatory to the agreement. We have updated the Industrial Design Act to facilitate Canada's accession to the Hague System and are now changing the Industrial Design Regulations. CIPO has drafted proposed Regulations to carry out the amendments that were made to the Act. CIPO has also proposed changes that, in addition to being consistent with the spirit of the Agreement, will further modernize Canada's domestic industrial design regime.

The following is a summary of the Hague Agreement and an overview of the proposed regulatory changes.

Hague Agreement

The Hague Agreement provides a mechanism for acquiring, maintaining and managing design rights in member countries and intergovernmental organizations through a single international application filed with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The Hague Agreement allows users to save time and money by enabling them to easily and swiftly apply for design protection in multiple markets, as a single international application replaces a whole series of applications which would have been sent to different national (or regional) Offices.

Proposed changes to Canada's Regulations include

Learn more about the proposed regulatory changes and the consultation process

Submit feedback about the proposed Industrial Design Regulations by visiting our submissions page.

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