Weeks after the World Economic Forum ranked Canadian intellectual property protection fourth among G8 countries, another international study has again ranked Canada as an IP protection leader. Taylor Wessing, in association with Managing Intellectual Property, has released the Global Intellectual Property Index (study requires free registration). Canada fares well for patent, trademark, and copyright protection, ranking 6th of 22 countries worldwide. The study involved hundreds of senior experts from around the world.
The copyright rankings are particularly instructive. While the U.S. ranks first (which the survey attributes to the vocal movie and music lobby), there is a second tier of seven countries that are closely packed together. Canada is among that group, ranking fifth overall (once again it ranks 4th in the G8, this time behind the U.S., U.K., and Germany, but ahead of France, Japan, Italy, and Russia). The copyright top ten are:
- New Zealand
Countries lower down in the rankings include Japan, Spain, South Korea, India, and China. Yet further evidence that the claims that Canada's international reputation has been harmed by our intellectual property laws are the stuff of fiction.