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Constitution of Canada (Canadian Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982)

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Year of current version:2011
Date of Text (Adopted):1982
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Constitution contains provisions that specify the intellectual property rights.
Section 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867 contains provisions on the protection of patents.
In addition, the traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions (“sui generis rights') of Canada are guaranteed in Part I & Part II of the Constitution Act, 1982.
Section 27 of Part I “Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” protects the multicultural heritage. Section 35 of Part II “Rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada” protects distinctive cultures of the aboriginal peoples and preserves their rights in their traditional practices.
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English

Constitution of Canada (Canadian Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982) Constitution of Canada (Canadian Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982), Complete document (pdf) [211 KB] Constitution of Canada (Canadian Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982), Complete document (htm) [591 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Constitution du Canada (Lois constitutionnelles canadiennes de 1867 à 1982) Constitution du Canada (Lois constitutionnelles canadiennes de 1867 à 1982), Complete document (pdf) [337 KB]

WIPO Lex No.:CA094

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