Archive for the 'CIPO' Category

Strategis has merged with Industry Canada

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Further to my earlier posting, and a nice email from Strategis’s Web Information Quality Assurance staff just now, Industry Canada has merged strategis.gc.ca with ic.gc.ca to provide a single point of entry to Industry Canada’s programs and services at the ic.gc.ca domain. Industry Canada’s notice about the merger can be found here.

As a result, […]

Canadian Patent Database and freePat

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has recently added features to the online patent database.

CIPO states that the new features include:

Highlighted search term: terms defined in the original query will be highlighted on document detail pages.
Improved navigation: search results pages are now numbered for easier access to specific pages.
Toggle between languages: Switching from English […]

David Tobin to Step Down

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

CIPO’s News Update reports that David Tobin, our Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer of CIPO, will be stepping down from these positions on April 27, 2007.

The Commissioner of Patents is responsible for granting Canadian patents and for ensuring that information is made available to promote the exploitation of […]

CIPO now Toll-Free

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

CIPO’s News Update today notes that as part of CIPO’s commitment to service excellence and continuous improvement, the organization has implemented new toll-free general enquiries lines.

The new numbers are:
General Enquiries - 1-866-997-1936
TTY (for the hearing impaired) - 1-866-442-2476

No more long distance charges or that $3 flat rate option (which I never really did bother […]

Trade-mark Office Speeding Up

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

The other day I received a CIPO News Update highlighting all the improvements to CIPO and to their services, including the fact that the Trade-marks Branch has reduced both its working inventory and turnaround times. Inventory was reduced from 56,962 to 14,267 files waiting examination, while the turnaround times declined from 17.3 months in […]

CIPO launches IP Toolkit

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

CIPO, as part of its public awareness and educational activities, yesterday launched its new on-line IP Toolkit. This kit is intended as a stand-alone resource on IP. It contains reference modules that answer questions typically asked by businesses and entrepreneurs.