The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Starts its Activities
The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA) will be responsible for maintaining the registers of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents; to administer the qualifying examinations for agents and to enforce an agent code of conduct. One of the objectives of CPATA is to protect the public by ensuring that agents are competent and by setting up an investigation mechanism following a complaint.[i] For more information about the profession, you can consult the website www.cpata-cabamc.ca. The profession was previously regulated by the federal government through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
Patent agents are the only professionals in Canada who can file a patent application and represent an inventor or a business with CIPO. Trademark agents are the only professionals in Canada who can apply for trademark registration and represent a person or business with CIPO.