Trade and Intellectual Property

July 7, 2017

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens writes that Canada's effective decision to reverse the so-called promise doctrine, a more expansive test of patent utility, is an important step forward for Canadian patent law.

May 31, 2017

This report is the first in a series of three that will examine the importance of stronger intellectual property rights (IPRs) to Canada's economy.

April 12, 2017

MLI argues that Canadian innovation will be harmed if Canada's federal government continues to ignore the intellectual problems the "promise doctrine" creates.

March 1, 2017

This C. D. Howe Institute report assesses the claims that strengthened protection for pharmaceutical patents pursuant to the terms of the the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and the TPP would result in an increase in health care costs and provide some estimates of C. D. Howe's own on the issue.

February 1, 2017

Robust intellectual property (IP) protection is vital for biopharmaceutical innovation.  It provides the incentives and business certainty needed to attract and sustain long-term investment in prevention, treatments and cures. IP rights have little value without enforcement, however.

September 19, 2016

MLI writes that the United Nations High-Level Report on Access to Medicines, which calls for loosening intellectual property regulations (ostensibly to make drugs cheaper) would only make it more difficult to provide drug access to the world's most impoverished.

August 1, 2016
An innovative diabetes treatment from an Indian biotech company is set to transform the lives of 387 million people living with the condition globally.
July 1, 2016

This MLI study explores the many copyright issues facing the Canadian Heritage minister, and shows that supporting Canada’s artists, musicians and authors is about more than government programs and subsidies.

May 3, 2016

Fundación IDEA writes about the importance of intellectual property as a driver of innovation and competitiveness in Mexico.

April 1, 2016

Intellectual property protection has a positive effect on all four economic indicators: gross domestic product (GDP), trade, foreign direct investments (FDI) and the level of innovation.