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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Banking, Trade and Commerce

Issue No. 12 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 1, 2017


OTTAWA, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce met this day at 4:17 p.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable David Tkachuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Black, Campbell, Day, Enverga, Greene, Marshall, Massicotte, Moncion, Patterson, Plett, Ringuette, Tkachuk, Wallin and Wetston (14).

In attendance: Michaël Lambert-Racine and Brett Capstick, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, November 24, 2016, the committee began its examination of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's User Fee Proposal, dated September 2016, for changes to patent fees, pursuant to the User Fees Act, S.C. 2004, c. 6, sbs. 4(2); and

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, November 24, 2016, the committee began its examination of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's User Fee Proposal, dated September 2016, for changes to trademark fees, pursuant to the User Fees Act, S.C. 2004, c. 6, sbs. 4(2).

WITNESSES:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada:

Agnes L. Lajoie, Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents, Patent Branch, Canadian Intellectual Property Office;

Konstantinos Georgaras, Director General, Corporate Strategies and Services Branch, Canadian Intellectual Property Office;

Mesmin Pierre, Director General, Trade-marks Branch.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Lajoie made a statement and, together with Mr. Georgaras and Mr. Pierre, answered questions.

At 5:47 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:53 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee resumed in camera to consider draft reports.

It was agreed that the two draft reports be adopted, and that the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure be authorized to make necessary editorial revisions and approve the final texts before tabling in the Senate.

At 6:15 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Lynn Gordon

Clerk of the Committee