Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, today I would like to bring to your attention World Intellectual Property Day, which occurs later this week on April 26.
The theme for this year is “Women in Innovation and Creativity.” It is a most fitting theme, especially considering that this year’s budget, a budget billed to promote gender equality, has made strong commitments to encouraging women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, Budget 2018 announced $85.3 million in spending over the next five years for various initiatives, such as a patent collective pilot project, improvements in access to intellectual property expertise for small businesses and the establishment of an intellectual property marketplace.
Intellectual property concerns itself with patents, trademarks and copyrights, among other exclusive rights. Patents, as honourable senators will know, relate to a new and useful method of manufacture, primarily on how something works, whereas a trademark deals with distinguishing a particular product or service from other products or services. Copyright is the exclusive right, as the name suggests, to allow others to copy your work. It could relate to a painting, written manuscript or song.
As honourable senators may recall, the Senate Banking Committee studied the reform of copyright in Canada two years ago. There’s been a lot of activity with respect to intellectual property in a lot of the trade agreements that we are negotiating. It is one area that has taken on very serious consideration over the years.
With World Intellectual Property Day right around the corner, I’m pleased, along with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, to invite you to a reception this evening in Room 256-S. We will be welcoming some of Canada’s brightest secondary school students and their science projects, such as the emerging pollen epidemic and Parkinson’s disease.
Additionally, a student from Carleton University will be presenting her project on the mechanics of para ice hockey, a popular sport in the Winter Paralympic Games. I hope senators will be able to attend that reception from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you.