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CIPO and the Competition Bureau Sign Memorandum to Enhance Inter-Agency Cooperation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/14 -- Competition Bureau

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Competition Bureau announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) calling for closer cooperation between the two agencies.

Both CIPO and the Bureau play an important role in fostering innovation and competition for the benefit of Canadian consumers and the Canadian economy. The MOU will assist the two in carrying out their important roles by promoting the benefits of, and encouraging, mutual cooperation at all levels.

Quick Facts


--  Intellectual property (IP) law and competition law are complementary
    instruments of government policy that share a common objective - the
    promotion of an efficient marketplace economy.

--  Communication between agency staff members will be a key element to
    ensure the sharing of best practices and lessons learned on dealing with
    marketplace counterparts in different jurisdictions, as well as on
    respective enforcement and IP activities, training, information
    technology and accommodation.

Quotes

"The Competition Bureau is committed to ensuring that Canadian consumers and businesses thrive in a competitive and innovative marketplace. The signing of this MOU will reinforce our already strong working relationship with CIPO and will allow both agencies the opportunity to collaborate on IP issues in order to better serve Canadians while delivering on our respective mandates."

John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition

"By supporting innovation, competitiveness, increased clarity and certainty, CIPO helps enhance the commercial success of Canadian businesses. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with the Competition Bureau to promote an efficient marketplace economy."

Sylvain Laporte, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer of CIPO

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Memorandum of Understanding between the Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Commissioner of Competition of the Competition Bureau

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The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada, is responsible for administering Canada's system of intellectual property rights: patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies.

Contacts:
Competition Bureau
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Media Relations
819-994-5945
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For general enquiries
Information Centre
Competition Bureau
819-997-4282 or Toll free: 1-800-348-5358
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-800-642-3844
www.competitionbureau.gc.ca

CIPO
For media enquiries
Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502
[email protected]

For general enquiries
Client Service Centre
819-934-0544 or Toll free: 1-866-997-1936
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-866-442-2476
[email protected]

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