Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) e-filing
Submit an international patent application to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
On this page:
- Filing of biological sequence listings forming part of the international application
- WIPO’s digital certificates
- Alternative arrangements for filing international patent applications
- Method of payment
- System and browser requirements
- Period of inactivity
PCT e-filing is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s international filing e-service. With this online service, you can submit international patent applications to CIPO’s Patent Office.
PCT e-filing allows you to pay your filing fees online and get the filing date and international application number immediately.
Applications filed using PCT-SAFE e-filing get a reduction (PDF: 49 KB; 2 pages) on the international filing fee.
Applications prepared using the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO’s) ePCT online service and filed through CIPO’s international filing e-service receive a reduction (PDF: 49 KB; 2 pages) on the international filing fee.
Filing of biological sequence listings forming part of the international application
For international applications filed on or after July 1, 2009, the following applies:
- You do not have to pay page fees (fees for additional pages over 30) for biological sequence listings filed in ST.25 text format as part of an international application in electronic form.
- However, you must pay full page fees for all pages of a biological sequence listing filed in image format as part of an international application in electronic form.
- You must pay full page fees for biological sequence listings filed on paper.
Note: Mixed mode filings (former part 8 of the administrative instructions) are no longer allowed.
You must prepare international patent applications using the latest version of WIPO’s PCT-SAFE software or WIPO’s ePCT online service.
Before you access the secure PCT e-filing service, you must first get your login credentials from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. If you already have an account, you may log in.
The PCT-SAFE software is available for download. The main page features a support guide and frequently asked questions for PCT applicants. You must have a digital certificate to use PCT-SAFE.
The ePCT online service main page features a user guide and other resources. If you use ePCT to file or prepare international applications, you must get authentication by uploading a digital certificate to your WIPO user account.
Note: Users are advised to check the PCT-SAFE website regularly for updates (scheduled for January, April, July and October each year).
If you require support for using the PCT-SAFE software, the ePCT online service or for getting digital certificates, please contact WIPO.
If you need help to upload or make payments for international patent applications through this website, please contact CIPO’s Client Service Centre. To report a technical problem, please complete the problem report form.
WIPO’s digital certificates
To file an international application electronically, you need a digital certificate. You can apply for a WIPO Customer Certification Authority certificate online.
Alternative arrangements for filing international patent applications
This section describes alternative ways to file international patent applications in case:
- a failure occurs in any component of CIPO’s server that prevents you from completing your filing; or
- a failure occurs in any component of your system that prevents you from completing your filing.
In case of the above, clients are advised to transmit their application to CIPO by facsimile.
Should either of these things happen during your filing, we advise you to send your application to CIPO by facsimile.
You must address your facsimile to the Commissioner of Patents and use the following fax numbers:
- 819-953-CIPO (2476) or
- 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Facsimile correspondence that is sent to any number other than those indicated above, including those of a designated establishment, will be considered not to have been received.
Your electronic transmittal report constitutes acknowledgement that CIPO received the correspondence.
When you send a document by facsimile that also has a fee requirement, you should show your preferred mode of payment clearly on the covering letter. This will help expedite your payment.
For correspondence delivered electronically, including facsimile, we consider it received on the day that it is transmitted if it is transmitted and received before midnight, local time at CIPO, on a day when CIPO is open for business. For correspondence delivered on a day when CIPO is closed for business, we consider it received on the next day CIPO is open for business.
Method of payment
You can pay using a credit card or by deposit account.
System and browser requirements
Please review our system and browser requirements to ensure you have the required software.
Period of inactivity
For security reasons, if there is no user activity for 30 minutes after you log in, the application will disconnect you from our electronic service.
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