Public Consultations on the Proposed Industrial Design Regulations

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This consultation is currently closed.

From June 19 to July 14, 2017, the Government of Canada conducted a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations.


The Government of Canada is modernizing Canada's intellectual property (IP) framework so that we can join five international IP treaties, including the Hague Agreement for industrial design.

Participation in these international agreements will better align Canada's IP systems with our major international trading partners, making it easier for innovative Canadian businesses to protect their IP at home and abroad. It will also help to make Canada a more attractive destination for foreign investments and encourage foreign companies to bring innovations to the market more quickly, to the benefit of Canadian consumers.

We have already made amendments to the Industrial Design Act to comply with the requirements of the Hague Agreement, and are now in the process of amending the accompanying regulations which will guide us on how the Act is applied.

This consultation specifically pertains to the proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations. In line with our commitment to inclusive, meaningful, open, transparent and balanced consultations, we want to hear your views and comments on the proposed Regulations.


We want to hear from stakeholders such as businesses, inventors, designers, agents or organizations that have an interest in the industrial design regime here in Canada and internationally.


This public consultation on proposed amendments to the Industrial Design Regulations is an opportunity for you to learn about the proposed amendments and their potential impacts and benefits. You are encouraged to read the industrial design consultation material and are invited to ask questions and provide your comments related to the Industrial Design Regulations.

Your input may help further develop the Industrial Design Regulations prior to pre-publication of the draft regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I, as part of the Federal Regulatory Development Process.

Consultation comments received

The following is a compilation of the comments received. Please note that the comments are presented as they were submitted, in the language in which they were written.


June 19 to July 14, 2017

How to Participate

We value your views and would like to hear about how the proposed amendments may impact and benefit you when doing business in Canada and abroad.

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