That's a terrific point. It's one that Balsillie has made quite frequently as well.
It points to the fact that, with all respect, the trade negotiations around intellectual property in Canada have been almost entirely defensive. It comes back to the question we had earlier. It has been all about trying to fend off, in a sense, some of the pressures we faced from other jurisdictions. It's primarily from the United States, and of course, within the CETA context, from the Europeans.
I think it's worth noting that some of our other trade deals, with South Korea, for example, haven't featured some of those same kinds of pressures. Those are countries that recognize that Canada meets its international standards, and they are content to allow countries to sort out their rules in an appropriate fashion.
One of the things we haven't done but I believe we ought to be doing is to be more aggressive about representing those Canadian interests in the trade negotiations. Balsillie has talked specifically about this. The patent troll use, particularly out of the Texas courts, the eastern district, which represents an enormous risks for all businesses, obviously including Canadian ones, is something that we ought to address, because the use of the patent system as sword out of the United States represents a significant threat from a Canadian perspective.
It's not even just patents. I'll give you an example. There was a Burlington-based company, called Skylink, that made a universal garage door opener. People have multiple garage doors that are sometimes made by different companies. The idea was for a universal remote. They were sued in multiple U.S. courts on the basis of copyright infringement, citing the digital lock rules, the anti-circumvention rules that we implemented in 2012.
If you're a small company that's taken before the U.S. international trade tribunal on multiple levels, as well as the U.S. courts, that's a cost that you can barely afford. Therefore, one of the things we need to be cognizant of is the use of that as a very aggressive sword, particularly out of the United States, which tends to be more litigious in the IP area; in a sense, an opportunity to either shut down the Canadian business or force it to sell out for pennies on the dollar because it can't afford the litigation.