On February 15, 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This approval paves the way for provisional application of CETA rules in Europe as early as April 1, 2017, although full implementation will require ratification by each EU member state. As previously reported, Canada is in the process of implementation through Bill C-30, which proposes to amend several important provisions under the Patent Act and Trademarks Act. Bill C-30 passed third reading in the House of Commons and was introduced to the Senate on February 14, 2017.

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