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Description of searchable and other information fields

Description of searchable fields

Description of other information fields


Description of searchable fields

Application number: The number assigned to an industrial design application when it is officially received in the Industrial Design Office.

Classification code: Classification index made up of approximately 50 main classes that are further broken down into more than 500 subclasses in terms of features and/or function.

Classification text: Search on a particular type of article.

Client reference number: Reference number assigned to the client.

Court order number: The court order number assigned by the Federal Court identifying the official decision of the court.

Current owner: The name of the current owner recorded with the Industrial Design Office.

Date of registration: The date an industrial design is registered.

Description: Description identifying whether the design relates to the appearance of the entire article or to the appearance of a portion of the article.

Interested parties: Parties that are or have been involved with the ownership or licensing of the industrial design (such as the applicant as filed, past and present owners and licensees).

Status: A process in the lifecycle of an industrial design application/registration. Status information of an application/registration includes the following fields:

  • Abandoned: The time period specified by the office to respond to an office report has expired and the file has been deemed abandoned. Please consult the guide to industrial designs for information concerning the reinstatement of an application.
  • Allowed: The application satisfies all legislative requirements and will be registered.
  • Classified: The design has been classified according to the type of article to which it relates.
  • Conformed: The application meets all filing date requirements.
  • Examined: The application has been assessed for originality and other legislative requirements.
  • Expunged: The registration has been removed from the Register by an order of the Federal Court.
  • Inactive: The application has been deemed abandoned by the office and the period for reinstatement has expired. No further office action can be taken.
  • New application: The application has been received in the Industrial Design Office.
  • Pre-examined: The application has been assessed to determine whether the design is in a condition to be searched.
  • Public domain: The industrial design registration has expired.
  • Re-examined: A response to an Examiner's Report has been received by the Office and the application is being re-examined.
  • Registered: A certificate of registration has been issued to the applicant and the design will be published in the Industrial Designs Database.
  • Searchable: The application has been pre-examined and will proceed to be searched.
  • Searched: The design has been searched for the purposes of assessing originality.
  • Transferred: The design in two or more applications have been combined into one application.
  • Withdrawal: The application has been voluntarily withdrawn by the applicant. No further office action will be taken.

Registration Number: The number that is assigned to an industrial design registration when it is officially registered in the office.

Title: The title identifying the finished article to which the design is applied.

Description of other information fields

Agent: A person or firm appointed by the applicant to act on their behalf.

Applicant(s) as filed: The name of the applicant at the time the application is received at the Industrial Design Office.

Assignee: A person or firm to whom an assignment is made, transferring all or part interest or rights of an industrial design.

Assignment: The transfer of industrial design rights (all or part) from the owner to another party.

Merger: A merger is the joining of two (or more) companies into one, with one company surviving and the other disappearing. The assets and liabilities of the disappearing company are absorbed into the surviving one.

Change of name: A modification to the designation of an individual or a corporation.

Licence: The granting from the owner of a design to another party of certain rights related to the design, including: the right to use, manufacture, and /or sell the design.

Security agreement: An agreement in which personal property (which can include intellectual property) is used as security to assure repayment of a debt.

Assignment number: A number assigned by the Industrial Design Office to each request to record an assignment affecting one or more designs. This number serves as an identifier for processing purposes.

Assignor: A person or firm assigning rights of an industrial design to another.

Canadian Classification: Each design is classified according to the Canadian Industrial Design Classification Standard in order to provide a means for searching. Numbered classes and sub-classes are assigned based on the particular type of article to which the design is applied, e.g., a design for a hockey helmet would be classified in the head-wear subclass of the apparel class.

Convention priority claim: Canada is a signatory to the Paris Convention. One provision of the Convention provides for a six-month period within which an application to register a design in a Convention country may be filed in other Convention countries. If filed during the six-month period, the application has the same force and effect as if it had been filed in the second country on the first date.

A request for priority must be made in writing and include:

  • The name of the country in or for which the application was filed;
  • The foreign application number; and
  • The filing date of the foreign application.

Correction: The Office may correct a clerical error in respect of a design registration. Confirmation of any correction will be made by issuing a correcting certificate. When a correction to a registration has been made, this field will display “yes” and a brief description of the correction will appear.

Current Owner: the name of the owner most recently recorded by the Office.

Description: A narrative that describes the features of the design or that identifies the design as shown in the drawings.

Divisional application: An application for a design that was initially the subject of another previously-filed application called the “parent application;” the filing date of which is the same as that of the parent application.

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO): An application filed for with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for a European Union Design, which is the basis for a claim for priority.

Filing date: The date a completed application is officially received at the Industrial Design Office.

International deposit: See Convention priority claim (above).

Licensee: A person to whom the owner of an industrial design has granted the right to manufacture, use, and sell the design in Canada. Note: "Person" includes a corporation.

Licensor: The owner of an industrial design who grants another party the right to manufacture, use, and sell the design in Canada.

Maintenance fee paid: Owners of industrial designs must submit a maintenance fee before the fifth anniversary of the registration date in order to maintain the protection for another five years. When the maintenance fee has been received, this field will display "yes."

Other classes searched: Additional classes searched by the Industrial Design Office.

Parent application: An application that initially related to more than one design and was amended to be limited to one design only, the other designs having been removed and made the subject of one or more divisional applications.

References considered: Canadian industrial design registrations cited or found to be similar and other publications searched by the Industrial Design Office.

Registration Number: The number assigned to an industrial design application when it is officially registered by the Office.

Registered proprietor: The name of the person(s) or firm(s) to whom the protection right was originally granted.

Representative for service: The name and address of a representative is required when the applicant's residence and place of business is not in Canada.

Status: Status information of application/registration includes the following fields:

  • Expunged: The registration has been expunged by an order of the Federal Court.
  • Inactive: An abandoned application where the period for reinstatement has expired. No further office action can be taken.
  • Public domain: The industrial design protection has expired.
  • Registered: The application has become a registered industrial design and is open for public inspection.

Term of protection: Registered designs are valid for ten years provided that the required maintenance fees are paid. Design protection ends 10 years after the registration date and cannot be extended. If the fee is not received before expiry of the five-year period, the additional fee set out in Item 3 of the Tariff of Fees will also be required. If the design is not maintained within the five years plus six months, protection ends as of the next day.

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