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.
Last week, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada made a couple of announcements as part of the government’s IP Strategy:
- Call to launch intellectual property collective – There is $30 million in funding over four years to create a non-profit organization to work with companies in a selected sector to help them use their IP more strategically.
- College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents – The government is seeking candidates for the first board of directors for the new regulator of patent agents and trademark agents.
In 2018, approximately 23,500 patents were granted by the Canadian Patent Office. Halliburton Energy Services was the top recipient of patents with over twice the patents obtained as any other applicant. The other top applicants were General Electric Company, The Boeing Company, and BlackBerry Limited. Continue reading Top Patentees 2018
Bill C-86, the budget bill that implements changes to the Patent Act, the Trade-marks Act and the Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency received royal assent yesterday. Bill C-86 received minor amendments as it went through parliament.
Amendments to the Patent Rules were published (link) in the Canada Gazette Part I in preparation for ratification of the Patent Law Treaty. As discussed in earlier posts, these amendments overhaul filing requirements, the timing of responses to CIPO notices and the abandonment procedures. Consultation is open for 30 days. CIPO has indicated that implementation is expected by the end of 2019.
Introduced yesterday, budget bill C-86 includes changes to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, Copyright Act, enacts the College of Patent Agents and Trade-mark Agents Act and makes changes for IP licenses in insolvency. Some highlights include a college to regulate agents, reform of the Copyright Board, allows patent file histories to be admissible to rebut claim constructions, add bad faith as a ground of opposition for trademarks, and adds requirements for notices under the notice-and-notice copyright regime.
Amendments to the Trade-mark Act and Patent Act, Patent Rules and Trademark Regulations are being made as of November 5, 2018 to amend the procedures on CIPO holidays and force majeure events, and as of June 2018 to patent reinstatements .