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18 April 2016
On March 31 2016 the Competition Bureau released a final updated version of its IP Enforcement Guidelines, following an extensive public consultation process held in 2015.(1) During the consultation process, stakeholders were invited to provide their views on the Competition Bureau's earlier draft versions of the guidelines released in April 2014, September 2014 and June 2015.
The guidelines describe the Competition Bureau's approach to conducting investigations of alleged anti‑competitive activities that relate to intellectual property. The primary revisions to the guidelines (which represent the bureau's first major update since the original release of the guidelines in 2000) include clarification of the bureau's position on patent settlements, product switching, the conduct of patent assertion entities and conduct involving standard-essential patent owners.
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(1) For further details please see "Competition Bureau releases draft update of IP Enforcement Guidelines".
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