Closed for business dates
In case of an emergency, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will attempt to remain open for business and ensure that essential service to our clients continues with the least possible disruption or delay.
Whenever CIPO is closed for business, including closures due to extraordinary circumstances, CIPO considers all time limits to be extended until the next day that it is open for business. In such situations, mail delivered to CIPO or to the designated regional offices will be considered to be received on the date that CIPO reopens for business, with the exception of correspondence addressed to the Registrar of Topographies.
There may also be instances in which the designated regional offices may be temporarily closed, yet CIPO remains open for business. In such situations, it remains the responsibility of CIPO's clients to ensure that all deadlines are respected.
Planned business closure
For the purposes of subsection 78(1) of the Patent Act and subsection 66(2) of the Trade-marks Act, CIPO's offices are closed for business on the following days:
|Every Saturday and Sunday||Weekend|
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Good Friday||Two days before Easter|
|Easter Monday||Day after Easter|
|Victoria Day||Last Monday preceding May 25|
|Fête nationale du Québec||June 24|
|Canada Day||July 1|
|Labour Day||First Monday in September|
|Thanksgiving Day||Second Monday in October|
|Remembrance Day||November 11|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|Boxing Day||December 26|
Holidays that fall on a Saturday or Sunday
The offices will be closed on the following Mondays.
When December 26 falls on a Saturday
CIPO's offices will be closed on the following Monday.
When December 26 falls on a Sunday or Monday
The offices will be closed on the following Tuesday.
Unscheduled business closure dates
From 2017 onward, a record of dates where CIPO was unexpectedly closed for business will be kept online. For information regarding a previous business closure, please contact the Client Service Centre.
|May 8–9||Flooding in the National Capital Region|
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