Confused "Intellectual Property" question in Question Period.

I never know whether to report some of the conversation about PCT (Patent, Copyright, Trademarks) by members of the House of Commons as they often show they don't understand these issues. While parliamentarians are asked to vote on bills and study issues in committees, often their discussions demonstrate they don't even know the differences between these areas of law -- leave alone the very different issues within them. I can't even critique on this question as it makes little sense, confusing bogus statistics about the costs of copyright infringement with the costs of applying for and defending a patent.

(Hat tip to Michael Geist) Question Period: Monday, February 26, 2007:

Mr. Robert Vincent (Shefford, BQ):

Mr. Speaker, copyright infringement costs between $20 billion and $30 billion annually in losses to our businesses. For example, Polyform in my riding holds a patent for an insulating foam, and its innovation has been copied by another company. Obtaining a patent is expensive, but defending it in court costs even more.

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology recommends amending the legislation on intellectual property. What is the Minister of Industry waiting for to provide better protection for intellectual property and give this legislation more teeth?

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Industry, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for his question. We are concerned about what my colleague has just said.

I am waiting for detailed recommendations from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in order to continue our study of all the recommendations.

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I find it useful to flag

I find it useful to flag these.

It gives an opportunity to approach MPs about the subject, if nothing else.

In this case "if IP law is so complex that even the people who create and update it don't get it right, how about either making it much simpler or changing it so that everyday Canadians don't have to worry about it ?".

It's also useful to highlight to people in their riding...