Banking, Trade and Commerce – May 8, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Banking, Trade and Commerce – May 8, 2014

As a part of their pre-study of Bill C-31, the Senators look into Part 6 of the budget implementation bill which deals with amending the Trade-marks Act. The first panel includes Industry Canada’s Paul Halucha and Darlene Carreau who brief the committee on the bill’s amendments and outlines Canada’s commitments to multiple international intellectual property treaties.

The second panel consists of industry advocates and intellectual property lawyers who argue that the amendments will increase costs for Canadian companies to protect their trademarks, will lead to a greater number of international legal challenges, and will encourage over-reaching trademark claims. (May 8, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-31 received royal assent on June 19.