The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended the period of designated days so certain time limits will now be extended until July 20, 2020. While the period of designated days may be extended further, the Patent Branch is offering a webinar on the “end of designated days”.
CIPO has extended the period of designated days due to COVID-19 until July 6, 2020.
I have been in a (virtual) trial this week so here are some catch up items from the last while:
- CIPO – The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended its period of designated days through to June 15, 2020
- Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal – Both courts have extended their Suspension Periods through to June 15, 2020 as well.
- My article, “Summary Determination of Claim Construction” was published on Slaw.
A couple of more COVID related announcements:
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.