Patents, Copyright and Industrial Designs, Royal Commission on
The Royal Commission on Patents, Copyright and Industrial Designs sat between 1954 and 1960. Its brief was "to enquire as to whether federal legislation relating in any way to patents of invention, industrial designs, copyright and trademarks affords reasonable incentive to invention and research, to the development of literary and artistic talents, to creativeness, and to making available to the Canadian public scientific, technical, literary and artistic creations and other adaptations, applications and uses, in a manner and on terms adequately safeguarding the paramount public interest." The commission later requested that TRADEMARKS
be removed from its brief. Three reports were published: Copyright
, August 1957; Industrial Designs
, June 1958; and Patents of Invention
, December 1959. Chaired by J.L. ILSLEY
, the commission heard from various public and private organizations and from individuals. In June 1966 the ECONOMIC COUNCIL OF CANADA
examined the issues dealt with by the Ilsley Commission and, over the next 5 years, published a series of reports, including Special Study No 8, Science, Technology and Innovation
, by A.H. Wilson, in 1968. The report emphasized the importance of innovation to industry.
ADRIANA A. DAVIES
Links to Other Sites
Intellectual Property Office
The website for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada, including patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.
Index to Federal Royal Commissions
A bibliographic index of federal Royal Commission documents. From Library and Archives Canada.