This site is my collection of updates, statistics and analysis on intellectual property in Canada. I am a partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP practicing in the area of intellectual property (more about me). Material on this website are my own views and do not reflect the position of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, any of its member firms around the world, or any of its clients. IPPractice.ca grew out of my hobby to gather and share interesting updates on intellectual property to friends and colleagues. Highlights include:

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CIPO has issued a reminder that many fees have changed as of January 1st with most fees increasing by about 3%. They have also published a consultation in the Canada Gazette for a 25% fee increase for next January as well as expanding the definition of ‘small entity’.

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Happy New Year

Thank you for another year with IPPractice. In 2022, I sent out 480,000 emails to over 2200 subscribers. I have included reports on about 180 IP-related decisions and over 330 new IP-proceedings. My top post was announcing the new Patent Rules and the most popular decision was Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Attorney General Of Canada, 2022 FC 923. Happy New Year! …Read More


One new and one amended trademark practice notice were published today. A new notice clarifies the practice before CIPO as an Office of Origin when the Registrar of Trademarks is unable to certify an application for international registration (AIR) under the Madrid Protocol or one is withdrawn. An updated notice is directed to exclusionary wording in statements of goods or services.

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USPTO patents agents

The USPTO is requesting Canadian patent agents who are registered to practice before the USPTO under 37 CFR §§ 11.6(c) to confirm their intentions to remain registered, CPATA status, and contact information. Miles Steininger has a helpful summary of the request and required response. The USPTO has set a deadline of January 6, 2023 to respond.


An Order in Council has fixed December 30th as the day on which Division 16 of Part 5 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 comes into force to extend certain terms of copyright protection from 50 years to 70 years after the life of the author. …Read More

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