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06 April 2020
Bill C-4 – entitled "An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States" – has received royal assent from the governor general (for further details please see "USMCA amendments: implications for Canadian IP law" and "Government introduces Bill C-4 to implement USMCA's required changes").
The legislation passed on the eve of Parliament's suspension until 20 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The third reading of the bill in the House of Commons, the three required readings in the Senate and royal assent all occurred on 13 March 2020.
The provisions of Bill C-4 that are relevant to intellectual property will come into force on a day to be determined by order of the governor in council.
The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement and require numerous changes to Canada's IP laws, including the following:
For further information on this topic please contact David Schwartz at Smart & Biggar by telephone (+1 613 232 2486) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Smart & Biggar website can be accessed at www.smart-biggar.ca.
(1) For further information on Bill C-4 and the USMCA, please see "A Step Towards Canadian Ratification of NAFTA 2.1".
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