Reply to questions from Mr James Rajotte (Conservative, Edmonton--Leduc)

Dear Mr. McOrmond,

Thank you for your comments in your e-mail of June 2. I enjoyed your testimony in front of the standing committee with respect to C-2.

I wanted to raise several comments and policies with you.

The Conservative Party platform states that Stephen Harper will encourage a competitive intellectual property regime in Canada. This issue is particulary important with respect to health care, and with respect to improving our productivity.

In addition, I have written in the Hill Times that intellectual property is strongly linked to innovation. Of the 10 companies that filed the most patents in Canada in 2001, only one was headquartered in Canada - Nortel. Entities from foreign countries filed 29,000 more patents than Canadians in 2001.

The cost of filing a patent ranges between $150 and $300. One idea to consider is to waive the cost of filing of first patents for Canadian citizens and businesses. Small businesses and individuals - entities that are less likely to file - would benefit from this policy. Teachers and professors could encourage students to at least try to file a patent and gain experience with the process.

Finally, with respect to copyright and file sharing, I believe that Federal Court Justice Konrad von Finkenstien's recent decision is correct as Canada has not ratified any world intellectual property legislation or agreements to the contary.

At the same time, the Conservative Party believes that we must examine and update our copyright legislation to ensure the rights of Canadian creators are adequately protected by law.

Yours truly,

James Rajotte

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Reply to James Rajotte

I sent the following in an email reply to Mr. James Rajotte:

Your reply is published at:

I look forward to discussing these areas of policy more with you after the election. As with the testimony on bill C-2, I have ideas in the areas of software patents and digital copyright which you may find very valuable. I was hired by ICT branch to do a report on software patents . I also have analyzed the Finkenstien decision and do not believe a lack of a "making available" right is what affected the case. I believe the decision was based on the private copying regime legalizing unauthorized music downloads, and a lack of evidence being provided of uploading.

Note: Your reply is well timed as many people are visiting the website because of the Toronto Star article this morning.

Toronto Star: Parties the same? Not on tech issues

We look forward to an official reply from the party on the CIPPIC questions.