Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP)

The Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) is a guide for patent examiners, applicants, agents and the public looking for information about the operational procedures and examination practices of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

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The practices set out in the MOPOP are CIPO's interpretation of the Patent Act, Patent Rules and jurisprudence as of the date each chapter came into effect.

This manual is a guide only and should not be considered legally binding. If you find any difference between this guide and the applicable legislation, you must follow the legislation.

We update the manual from time to time to reflect changes to Canada's patent statutes, regulations and jurisprudence.

Please note that the current version of the MOPOP does not cover all practices relating to the prosecution of applications filed before October 1, 1989.

You can find information about future updates to this manual, including periods of public consultation, on the MOPOP updates page.

Complete manual

Complete manual (PDF - 2.08 MB - 431 pages)

(last update: January 2016)

Chapter listing

Chapter 1

Revised - May 2014

Chapter 2

Revised - May 2014

Chapter 3

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 4

Revised - September 2014

Chapter 5

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 6

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 7

Revised - May 2014

Chapter 8

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 9

Revised - December 2010

Chapter 10

Revised - September 2015

Chapter 11

Revised - March 1998

Chapter 12

Revised - December 2009

Chapter 13

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 14

Revised - November 2013

Chapter 15

Revised - January 2016

Chapter 16

Revised - October 2010

Chapter 17

Revised - January 2009

Chapter 18

Revised - May 2014

Chapter 19

Revised - January 2016

Chapter 20

Revised - June 2015

Chapter 21

Revised - December 2013

Chapter 22

Revised - May 2014

Chapter 23

Revised - December 2015

Chapter 24

Revised - December 2015

Chapter 25

Revised - September 2004

Archives

Chapter 17

Revised - March 1998

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