Changes to office practices—Industrial design
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to announce changes to six industrial design office practices.
These changes will improve service to clients, reduce administrative burden, and modernize our practices to align with international norms. CIPO is committed to maintaining its strong relationship with clients and stakeholders. The changes outlined below are based largely on stakeholder feedback from the Industrial Design Practice Committee.
The practice changes are related to:
- applications for protection of computer-generated animated designs
- colour as a registrable feature of an industrial design
- time limits to respond to office actions
- the search to assess the originality of an application where there is a priority claim
- the issuance of notices of possible refusal
- delaying the registration of an application
A fact sheet providing an overview of the changes is also available.
For more information, please contact us.
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