On March 13, 2021, the Government of Canada published the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Regulations, Rules Amending the Patent Rules, and Regulations amending the Trademarks Regulations (collectively, the proposed Regulations) for public consultation. The proposed Regulations will implement the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act (the Act), which received royal assent in 2018, and transfer authority for agent regulation from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (the College).
The Act establishes the College as an independent regulator of IP agents in Canada and provides the College with the authority to maintain the register of patent and trademark agents, administer qualifying examinations for agents, collect associated fees, establish and maintain a code of conduct and conduct investigations and disciplinary proceedings. The Act is anticipated to come into force spring 2021.
Some of the requirements set out in the proposed Regulations include:
Comments on the proposed Regulations will be accepted until April 12, 2021. Details on how to participate can be found here.
Summary By: Michelle Noonan
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