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Dominic Alfred

IP and Technology Lawyer, Alfred Law

On October 30, 2019 new Rules and Amendments to the Patent Act came into force, which include changes to the requirements for filing a patent application.

These changes include the following:

  • Applicants are no longer required to submit a filing fee in order to establish a filing date. If the application fee is not submitted when the patent application is filed, the Commissioner of Patents must notify the applicants that the missed application fee and the late fee must be submitted within three months of the date of the notice. If they are not, the application will be deemed withdrawn.

  • Applicants are able to submit their application in a foreign language to establish a filing date, avoiding translation costs.

  • Applicants are allowed, for the purposes of establishing a filing date, to substitute a reference to another previously filed application, as opposed to having to resubmit other parts of the application, such as the specifications or drawings.

For more information and current government fees, visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website.

Answered: 7 months ago