How your application for registration of a copyright is processed
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will process your application according to the steps below.
Process for copyright registration
Step 1: Filing
If you send an application online, along with the fee, it is automatically downloaded into our internal processing system to be registered.
If there is any problem with the application or the fee, CIPO will let you know within one week of the date of filing.
Step 2: Registration
Once CIPO gets a complete application and the appropriate fee, the copyright is registered.
You will get a registration certificate, including a registration number, within five business days.
You will get a registration certificate, including a registration number, within seven business days.
Process for assignment, licence or other documents
Here are the steps we will take for assignments, licences or other documents:
- Once CIPO receives a complete request and the fee to register an assignment or licence, or to include any other document in the Register, we will enter this information into our internal processing system.
- If the request and fee are complete, the assignment, licence or document will be included in the Register.
- If there is any problem with the request or the fee, CIPO will notify you within one week of the date of filing.
- You will get a certificate of registration including a registration number in about two weeks.
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