CIPO has published a Practice Notice regarding the handling of designated days between March and August for patents and patent applications, particularly maintenance fees and deemed abandonments.
A number of fees at CIPO are increasing by 2% as of January 1, 2021 due to application of the Service Fees Act. As a result, the fees listed in schedules in the various regulations, such as Schedule 2 to the Patent Rules, may no longer be accurate. For example, the regular patent filing fee will increase to $408 as of January 1st. CIPO has an updated fee schedule. Application fees for a Certificate of Supplementary Protection also increase by 2% but not until April 2021.
CIPO has published practice guidance on patentable subject matter following the recent decision in Choueifaty as well as some examples for computer-implemented, medical diagnostic and medical use inventions. CIPO indicated that updates to MOPOP are coming later and will be subject to consultation.
CIPO has published an updated schedule for the virtual patent agent examination process which was deferred from the spring.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has again extended the period of designated days so certain time limits will now be extended until August 31, 2020. This latest extension is due to the August 21 to 23 online service interruption. According to the announcement, all of CIPO’s online and fax services will be unavailable from Friday, at 7 pm EDT to Sunday, at 11:59 pm EDT.
The Patent Appeal Board has migrated the reporting of its decision to the Lexum/CanLII platform. I’ve finally updated my notifications for this platform so starting in today’s IPPractice email, and for the next several days I’ll be catching up on decisions issued since May of this year.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended the period of designated days so certain time limits will now be extended until August 24, 2020. CIPO indicates that this is the ‘final’ extension for the designated days.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has again extended the period of designated days so certain time limits will now be extended until August 10, 2020.