Standard fees for patents

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Check fees for patent filing, examination, maintenance and other services. All amounts are in Canadian dollar.

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Most common fees

Different fees must be paid at various times during the patent application process. The table below shows the more commonly paid fees. For a more comprehensive list you should consult the complete list of fees for patents.

Title and description Standard Small entityFootnote 1
Application fee
Also described previously as the filing fee, its payment will no longer be a requirement to obtain a filing date. However, if it is not paid at time of filing, it will be considered late and subject to a late fee.
$400 $200
Request for examination
Your application will not automatically be examined simply because you have filed it. A formal written request for examination must be made along with the payment of the examination fee. This request must be made within four years of the Canadian filing date; otherwise, your application will be deemed abandoned.
$800 $400
Request for advanced examination
The advanced examination fee is in addition to the request for examination fee, but no additional fee is required for the accelerated examination service of patent applications related to technologies mitigating environmental impacts. Please note that CIPO will not consider an advanced examination request for an application unless it has been laid open to public inspection and a request for examination has been made.
$500 $500
Final fee (before grant)
The final fee is paid after the examiner finds your patent application to be allowable. A Notice of Allowance will be sent, requiring payment of the final fee within 4 months from the date of the notice. The issue of the patent grant will follow from the payment of this fee.
$300* $150*

*For each page in excess of 100 pages, other than pages of a sequence listing submitted in electronic form, add an additional $6

Maintenance fees

Each year a maintenance fee must be paid in order to maintain a patent application in effect or to maintain the rights accorded to a patent. This table provides an overview, but the detailed list should be consulted.

Basic maintenance fees (if paid on or before the anniversary of the filing)
On or before Standard Small entityFootnote 1
2nd, 3rd, and 4th anniversary of the filing $100 $50
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th anniversary of the filing $200 $100
10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th anniversary of the filing $250 $125
15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th anniversary of the filing $450 $225

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