Canadian Patent Agent Regulation Reform Pt. 2 – Governance, Self-Regulation and Canada’s Patent Professional Identity Crisis

99 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 388 (2017)

58 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2017 Last revised: 5 Sep 2017

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Wissam Aoun

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 16, 2017

Abstract

Only registered Canadian patent agents may represent others before the Canadian Patent Office. To qualify as a registered Canadian patent agent, candidates must complete an apprenticeship followed by successfully passing the Canadian patent agent examination. This article analyzes the current regulatory framework for Canadian patent agents. Based on a theoretical, historical and international comparative analysis, this article demonstrates that the current Canadian regulatory model has lost sight of its purpose and is symptomatic of a greater crisis of legitimacy plaguing the Canadian patent agent profession. The article highlights the need for greater reform of the Canadian patent agent regulatory framework in order to better serve the intellectual property needs of the Canadian public. This article concludes with a series of comprehensive recommendations for reform of the current Canadian regulatory framework.

Keywords: intellectual property, professional regulation

JEL Classification: intellectual property

Suggested Citation

Aoun, Wissam, Canadian Patent Agent Regulation Reform Pt. 2 – Governance, Self-Regulation and Canada’s Patent Professional Identity Crisis (March 16, 2017). 99 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 388 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2934239

Wissam Aoun (Contact Author)

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B3P4
Canada

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