Canadian Lawyer

March 2022

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28 TOP INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BOUTIQUES OVER THE past 20 years or so, laws and practices that relate to intellectual property have evolved in Canada, says Matthew Zischka, managing partner at Smart & Biggar LLP, one of the Top 10 IP boutiques. With Canada entering the trade agreements and reworking previous agreements – like turning the old NAFTA into PROTECTING INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY CUSMA (the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement), IP, patent and trademark laws have led to modifications and concessions, he says. It has also led to a lot of changes in dead- lines and timing requirements, and law firms have had to revamp their systems significantly to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. "There is a big focus now on educating young people and folks in the start- up phase about IP, and how it is really important to the ultimate strength of that asset" Amrita Singh, Marks & Clerk CIPO QUICK FACTS (2019-2020) Source: Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents 37,999 applications Trademarks 68,385 applications Industrial designs 7,408 applications Copyright 8,753 registrations 3% 8% 21% 5% And in some cases, the downside of missing a date is much more significant than it was a few years ago and fixing the problem has become more complex as well. An example of a change that keeps law SPECIAL REPORT

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