The government recently released its proposed new Patent Rules in the Canada Gazette. This is one of the last steps necessary for implementing the significant changes to Canada's patent law which are expected to come into force in 2019. Many of the changes intend to implement the Patent Law Treaty and help to minimise the risk of loss of rights, while others will reduce the rights of patent applicants and patentees.
In January 2014 the new Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme will begin to fast-track examination of eligible patent applications between participating countries. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office and 12 other patent offices are part of the GPPH pilot programme. To date, fast-tracking examination under PPH programmes in Canada has been a phenomenal success.