CIPO to Increase Fees Substantially in 2024
  • September 15, 2023

On January 1, 2024 fees at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will increase by approximately 25% on average, per fee type. It is notable that this will be the first substantial fee increase that CIPO has implemented since 2004. This one-time substantive fee adjustment is motivated by CIPO’s current structural deficit, which it attributes […]

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Upcoming Changes to Patent Prosecution in Canada
  • August 10, 2022

Examination of Canadian patent applications will change significantly when a host of amendments to Canada’s Patent Rules come into force this year. The changes effective on October 3, 2022 are being introduced to streamline patent examination in preparation for the implementation of patent term adjustment (PTA) obligations under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUSMA”). Most significantly, […]

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Notice of Canadian Patent Rules Change | October 3, 2022
  • July 25, 2022

Consider requesting examination of your Canadian patent applications now! ….. … avoid significant fees coming to Canada’s Patent Examination Regime On October 3, 2022 there will be significant changes to Canada’s Patent Rules, to introduce excess claim fees and a continued examination regime, with significant new government fees. The new Rules and their requirements will […]

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Notice Regarding Patent Rule Changes
  • December 10, 2021

Expect Additional Canadian Patent Rule Changes in 2022 The Canadian Patent Rules are undergoing further amendments to prepare for the patent term adjustment (PTA) obligations under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUSMA”). The amended Rules will take effect in respect of any application where examination is requested on or after the 30th day from the day […]

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Canadian Patent Practice Changes
  • August 2, 2019

CANADIAN PATENT NEWS HOW WILL THE CHANGES COMING OCTOBER 30, 2019 AFFECT YOU? Canada’s new Patent Act and Rules will come into force on October 30, 2019. These changes will bring Canada into compliance with the Patent Law Treaty and align Canadian patent practice with international practices. Applicants will certainly benefit from the revisions to […]

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Canadian Industrial Design Practice Changes
  • November 18, 2018

CANADIAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN NEWS Effective November 5, 2018, substantial changes will be enacted for Industrial Design Registrations in Canada.  These changes will have significant benefits to proprietors seeking design protection. The Hague System Effective November 5, 2018 Canada will become a contracting party to the Hague System.  After this date one will be able to […]

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Canada Increases Patent Term for Eligible Pharmaceutical Patents
  • September 26, 2017

Canada previously stood apart from many other major industrialized nations in its failure to grant additional patent term for drug patents due to delays resulting from regulatory approval.  The United States, Japan and Australia are examples of countries that presently have such adjustments to the terms of drug patents.  That has changed just recently in […]

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Delivery to a New Non-Promise Land
  • July 11, 2017

Delivery to a New Non-Promise Land – Canada finally does away with promises Executive Summary: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on June 30, 2017 that promises made in a patent are not the standard against which the utility of a patent is measured.   This is a significant departure from previous lower court decisions in which […]

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Canada Invents – Inventive Women
  • March 27, 2017

Early Female Inventors in Canada Canadian women have been patenting their inventions from the very inception of the Patent Act of 1869. While in these early days many women needed their husbands to co-sign their patent applications, it certainly didn’t stop women from patenting their ideas. Looking through old patent listings you will see the […]

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