CIPO posts disclaimer about Practice Notices

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 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.