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On May 30th Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to implement the renegotiated NAFTA deal. The bill—C-100 or the "Canada United States Mexico Agreement  (CUSMA) Implementation Act"—was tabled in the House of Commons.

Smart & Biggar, a firm working exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, reported that if ratified, CUSMA would replace NAFTA and would require a number of changes to Canada’s IP laws. A few changes to these laws of significant include the copyright term increased from life of the author plus 50 years to life of the author plus 70 years and pre-established damages for trademark counterfeiting

Bill C-100 has received its first reading in the House of Commons.  This will follow by a second reading and then the bill will be sent to a committee for review.  After passing a third reading in the House of Commons the Bill will go to the Senate and subsequently become law and go into force on the day the CUSMA enters into force.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, cczajko@hrai.ca