International intellectual property treaties: benefits for business

If you're looking to expand your business outside Canada, you need to protect your intellectual property (IP) in other countries. The good news is that it will be easier to protect your IP outside Canada thanks to Canada's efforts to join international IP treaties.

Canada is in the process of joining five international treaties. By the end of 2018, Canada will have joined the Hague Agreement and by the end of 2019, the four other treaties, i.e. the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty, the Nice Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty. These will provide foreign businesses in member countries reciprocal advantages in applying for intellectual property protection in Canada.

The goal is to provide Canadian businesses with a globally competitive advantage thanks to reduced administrative burden and harmonized international procedures. Positioning ourselves as a global innovation centre is key to advancing our Innovation and Skills Plan.

CIPO is also modernizing the IP legal framework and office practices. These are aligned with Canada's Intellectual Property Strategy to help ensure that our IP regime is modern, robust, and supports Canadian innovation in the 21st century

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How will joining these IP treaties benefit my business?

Canada is joining five international treaties to allow your business to be better positioned to compete globally through a cost-effective means for obtaining reliable and high-quality IP rights in various jurisdictions around the world.

Aligning domestic IP regimes with other jurisdictions will make it easier to do business in Canada. This will benefit both Canadian businesses and those looking to invest in Canadian markets.

Which treaties apply to industrial designs and what are their benefits?

Canada is joining the Hague Agreement and modernizing its industrial design regime.

Currently, Canadian businesses seeking to register their industrial designs in other countries must meet the administrative requirements of each foreign Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

They must:

This can be a complex, costly and time-consuming process.

The Hague Agreement means key benefits for businesses:

Modernizing Canada's industrial design regime also has key benefits for businesses:

Which treaties apply to trademarks and what are their benefits?

CIPO will be acceding to three treaties: the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement.

Acceding to these treaties will give key benefits to businesses:

Which treaties apply to patents and what are their benefits?

Canada is joining the Patent Law Treaty (PLT). Its goals are to harmonize and streamline patent administrative procedures among national IP offices. It addresses issues such as the provision of notification to avoid loss of rights, representation before the IP office, and red-tape reduction.

Acceding to this treaty translates to key benefits for businesses:

Additional information and training opportunities

Sign up for training, webinars and demos to learn more about the changes brought forward by joining the IP treaties as they pertain to industrial designs, trademarks and patents.

Consult these pages for more information on the five treaties and how they are modernizing IP regimes:
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