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26 August 2014
The Canadian government has announced that the text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe has been finalised after many months of silence on the historic trade deal.
Agreement in principle on CETA was reached on October 18 2013, with a final agreement expected to be reached shortly thereafter. Despite this optimism, the announcement that the text had been finalised was made only on August 5 2014.
The final text of CETA has not yet been released and may not be available for several months. Further, ratification and implementation may take another two years.
Significant changes are expected to IP protection, including for geographical indications, pharmaceuticals and biologics (for further details see "CETA between Canada and Europe: a new age of IP reform?" and "Expanded protection for geographical indications introduced"). They include:
The government has said that there will be no change to the data protection term for pharmaceuticals or biologics.
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