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Hearings and Decisions


Regulatory decisions are made in accordance with Board Policy No. 2 – Regulatory Objectives, Standards and Principles. Registration and discipline decisions are posted on the College’s website to: 

  • protect and promote the public interest in patent and trademark services; 
  • protect those who use patent and trademark services; and
  • ensure Licensees deliver patent and trademark services ethically and competently.

Decisions by the Registrar and Regulatory Committees incorporate these important principles: 

  • focus on the public interest;
  • are made in a timely manner, under processes proportionate to the risk involved and targeted only at cases in which action is needed;                                 
  • are consistent;
  • are fair and seen to be fair;
  • are transparent and explain the process.

Discipline Committee Decisions

The Discipline Committee supports the College’s public protection mandate by hearing complaints of professional misconduct and/or incompetence referred to it by the Investigations Committee, in accordance with its authority under the Act, Regulations, By-laws and Policies, and with a view to the Regulatory Objectives, Standards and Principles. 

Hearings are conducted in public and decisions are published publicly to protect and uphold the public interest.  

Registration Committee Decisions

The Registrar must process applications in accordance with requirements established under the Act, Regulations and By-laws. If the Registrar’s decision is unfavorable, an applicant can request a review of the decision by the Registration Committee.  The Registration Committee can determine if the Registrar’s decision was reasonable. When evaluating the request for review, and in accordance with section 6 of the College By-laws, the Committee may:
  1. Request that the Registrar obtain additional information;
  2. Approve the application under review, with or without conditions, and specify the effective date of the decision; or
  3. Conduct a hearing and make a decision with reasons.
Decisions are redacted for confidentiality and made public in order to provide licensees and the public with information and to promote transparency into CPATA’s decision-making.