April 3, 2017

Open Letter to the Hon. Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development: Call to Fix Flawed Wording in the Public Servant Invention Act (PSIA)

openletter2Flawed Wording in the Public Servant Invention Act (PSIA)

April 06, 2017

The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Bains            Re:  Public Servant Invention Act (PSIA)

We are encouraged by the announcement in the budget of Innovative Solutions Canada to encourage strategic procurement by the government to support innovation and help small companies scale up and gain credibility to become integrated in global supply chains. We are also encouraged by your recognition that intellectual property provides the framework that supports innovation across all sectors of the economy and that you intend to develop a new intellectual property strategy over the coming year to ensure that Canada’s intellectual property regime is modern and robust and supports Canadian innovations in the 21st century.

However we continue to be discouraged at the inability of this government to “walk the talk”. This government continues to litigate against a small Canadian company that both fits the profile of the companies you wish to support and has a valid issued Canadian patent that litigation counsel for the government is attempting to claim ownership of under flawed wording in the Public Servant Invention Act (PSIA) as its litigation strategy to defeat a patent infringement case. The details of this situation remain unchanged from the open letter that we sent to your office in November 2016.

We would appreciate a response to our open letter.

Yours sincerely,

On behalf of the CATAAlliance Innovation Leadership Council

John Reid, CATA CEO