By Michael O’Neill, Michael Crichton, Stéphane E. Caron

Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act (the “Bill”), received its first reading in the House of Commons on October 29, 2018. Among other things, the Bill implements Canada’s Intellectual Property Strategy, proposing amendments to various pieces of existing intellectual property legislation, and enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act.

At this early stage in the legislative process it is unclear how the proposed amendments will look in their final form. Parliament’s intention is made clear however, that the focus of these amendments is to provide (another) substantial update to the intellectual property laws in Canada.