CIPO has announced that Industrial Design fees will increase by 2.2% as of January 1, 2020 pursuant to the Service Fees Act. The announcement notes, that “As a result, the amounts shown in the Tariff of Fees of the Industrial Design Regulations may not be up-to-date.”Continue reading Fee Increase→
In support of the upcoming changes to the Trademark Act, CIPO is taking some online services offline for patents, copyright, industrial designs from Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 4 p.m. EDT to Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7 a.m. EDT. Trademark online services will be offline from Thursday, at 00:00 EDT to Monday, at 06:00am EDT. Continue reading CIPO downtime→
CIPO has announced a consultation on changes to the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) relating to administrative topics as part of changes to the Patent Act and Rules. Topics covered including filing requirements, divisionals, priority, transfers/assignments, corrections, abandonment/reinstatement, and due care. The consultation is open until May 27, 2019.
CIPO has announced that “all applications will be inaccessible” from 3pm November 1st to 6am on November 5th. This relates to the upgrades needed to support the Industrial Design Act and Regulations amendments coming into force on November 5th.
My recent article on patent pendency was published this week on Slaw. For patents granted by the Canadian Patent Office in the first half of 2018, the duration a patent application was pending ranged from less than 6 months to over 18 years.
In 2016, approximately 26,400 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office, up significantly from the approximately 21,900 granted in 2015. BlackBerry was again the top recipient of patents, with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The remaining applicants in the top-five were The Boeing Company, Halliburton Energy Services, Qualcomm and Schlumberger Canada. Continue reading Top Patentees 2016→