CIPO has extended the period of designated days until the end of April. This designation is under under subsection 78(1) of the Patent Act, subsection 66(1) of the Trademarks Act, and subsection 21(1) of the Industrial Design Act and extends the previous period, March 16 to March 31 – see link. The CIPO Patent Agent exams have also been adjourned to a date to be determined.
Just a reminder that renewal fees for patent and trademark agents are due by March 31, 2020.
CIPO has designated all days in the period of time beginning on March 16, 2020 and ending on March 31, 2020 for the purposes of subsection 78(1) of the Patent Act, subsection 66(1) of the Trademarks Act, and subsection 21(1) of the Industrial Design Act, effectively extending deadlines falling during this period.
In a series of releases on Sunday evening, CIPO stated that, “there are no extensions in place for time limits and deadlines related to acquiring or maintaining intellectual property (IP) rights with CIPO” and directs people to online solutions. A notice on the CIPO website today, says that the regional offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal are not receiving CIPO correspondence until further notice. IPIC reports that patent agent exams will be rescheduled until the fall. Continue reading CIPO
CIPO posted new and amended practice notices for several aspects of trademark procedures:
- extensions of time in examination – the office will no longer grant extensions of time unless exceptional circumstances are shown;
- filing of divisional applications without a specific e-service;
- transitional provisions for Nice classifications;
- renewal of applications that do not have Nice classifications; and
- temporarily appointing a trademark agent for dealing with Nice classifications.
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.