Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
Since its founding in 1897, AIPPI has worked to improve and promote the protection of intellectual property on both international and national bases. It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements and national laws relating to intellectual property.
Canadian National Group
The members of AIPPI Canada are the voice of Canadians in AIPPI matters. They develop and advocate for the Canadian position when debating IP issues with our international colleagues. The members participate, through committees, in detailing the current Canadian law on an issue being studied, and what they believe the law should be. Current study question details may be found here.
AIPPI Canada’s current Council includes:
President – Isabelle Chabot
Vice President – Fraser Rowand
Secretary – Curtis Behmann
Treasurer – Matt Zischka
Member-at-large – Paula Clancy
Past President – Fred Barbieri
AIPPI Canada maintains a number of Standing Committees to assist with the substantive work of the group. Members are encouraged to join as many as they like and to actively contribute. The current Standing Committees and their current chairpersons are:
- Patents – Charles Boulakia
- Trademarks – Andy Chow
- Copyright & Industrial Designs – Lionel Fishman
- Litigation – Vincent de Grandpre
- Program – Brian Gray
- Governance – Curtis Behmann
Each year, AIPPI undertakes study of a number of IP issues. National groups submit details regarding their current law on the issue and what the law should be if it is to be harmonized. At the annual Congress meeting each September or October, members of the various national groups discuss and debate the issues in an attempt to find enough common ground to pass a resolution reflecting the position of AIPPI on that IP issue.
Annual AIPPI Congresses
The annual Congress is great chance to network with foreign colleagues, debate the study questions, and gain continuing legal education on current IP issues. The 2022 Congress marked a return to in-person attendance and was held in San Francisco. The 2023 AIPPI World Congress will be held from October 22-25 in Istanbul, Turkiye. More information can be found at www.aippi.org.
Past Presidents of AIPPI Canada
1934 – 1944 Russel Smart, K.C.
1947 – 1952 H. Gérin-Lajoie, K.C.
1952 – 1964 Christopher Robinson, Q.C.
1964 – 1967 Raymond A. Robic
1967 – 1976 Eric L. Medcalf, Q.C.
1976 – 1981 Bernard F. Roussin
1981 – 1984 William L. Hayhurst, Q.C.
1984 – 1986 Donald A. Hill
1986 – 1989 G. Alexander Macklin, Q.C.
1989 – 1995 Joan Clark, Q.C.
1995 – 1998 George J. Primak
1998 – 2001 John Bochnovic
2001 – 2004 Rose-Marie Perry
2004 – 2006 Don MacOdrum
2006 – 2008 Michel Sofia
2008 – 2010 Warren Sprigings
2010 – 2012 Steven Garland
2012 – 2014 Bruce Morgan
2014 – 2016 France Côté
2016 – 2018 Alfred Macchione
2018 – 2020 Bill Mayo
2020 – 2021 Fred Barbieri