CIPO posted a disclaimer this week about its Practice Notices suggesting that the notices “should not be quoted as, or considered to be, a legal authority.”
The disclaimer comes a couple of weeks after a Practice Notice was posted on the interpretation of patentable subject matter post-Amazon.com but while the Federal Court of Appeal has the appeal under reserve.
The disclaimer that was added this week reads:
NOTE: The practice notices below are intended to provide guidance on current CIPO practice and interpretation of relevant legislation and should not be quoted as, or considered to be, a legal authority. In the event of any inconsistency between the notices and the applicable legislation, the legislation must be followed. It is the responsibility of the applicant/patentee to decide how to proceed with respect to a particular application or other matter.