Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) just announced that the new amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules to ‘streamline examination', including excess claim fees, will be coming into effect on October 3, 2022. The changes will include a $100/per claim fee for applications with more than 20 claims and a fee for continued examination after three office actions equal to the original examination fee. The amendments also add steps such as 'notice of conditional allowance'.
As a result of these changes, we advise our clients to review their patent portfolios to determine which patents have over 20 claims and request examination for these patents before the October 3, 2022 date to avoid paying the access claim fees, as they would apply at the examination stage after this date.
We will follow up this announcement with more comprehensive coverage of the new changes to Canadian Patent Rules - stay tuned!
For more information please contact:
Claire Palmer, Ph.D., Senior Patent Agent
This article is general information only and is not to be taken as legal or professional advice. This article does not create a solicitor-client relationship between you and MBM Intellectual Property Law LLP. If you would like more information about intellectual property, please feel free to reach out to MBM for a free consultation.
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