IP treaties

International treaties or conventions are rules of law negotiated among a number of States to establish international standards regarding respect for intellectual property rights in each country. It is the responsibility of the countries involved to identify in their constitutions the competent authorities for conducting negotiations and ratifying treaties.

The proposed agreements relate to three areas:

  • improving international co-operation;
  • establishing better enforcement practices; and
  • providing a more effective legal framework.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) currently administers 21 international treaties, some of which have been signed and ratified by Canada.

Treaties in Force

Treaties signed by Canada