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File a Canadian patent application: Get a filing date

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office


2. Get a filing date

If you are already familiar with the process:

Create your patent application

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Minimum requirements to get a filing date

We recommend that you fill out all portions of the patent application when filing. However, it is possible to get a filing date without a complete application. At a minimum, you must provide:

  • an indication that you seek a patent for your invention
  • information that allows the applicant to be identified (and co-applicants, if applicable)
  • applicant contact information (and co-applicants contact information, if applicable)
  • a description of your invention (in any language)

If your application doesn't meet filing requirements

If your application does not meet the minimum requirements to get a filing date, we will let you know what information is missing, and you'll have 2 months to respond.

  • If you respond by the deadline, your filing date becomes the latest date that we received the last missing document that was a requirement to establish a filing date.
  • If you don't respond by the deadline, your application will be deemed to never have been filed.

Fees

You need to pay the patent application fee when you file your application. If you don't pay your fee when you file your application , you'll get a filing date, but you'll be charged a late fee.

Fees
Fee type 2021 (CAD) 2022 (CAD)Footnote 1
Application fee (standard) $408.00 $407.18
Application fee (small entity) $204.00 $203.59
Patent application late fee $150.00 $150.00

All patent fees

Accepted forms of payment

To pay your fees online, you can only use:

Online payments are processed Monday to Friday from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm (ET). For security reasons, your session will be timed out after 30 minutes if there is no activity.

File

To file your patent application and pay fees online, sign in using your Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) account username and password.

If you do not pay your fees or request examination when you file, you can do it later, but you'll have to use the general correspondence form.

Create your patent application

If you are a new client, you must create a username and password.

Note: ISED usernames are case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as they were created.

Other ways to file and pay fees

How to file by mail

Physical deliveries to the office should be directed to the following address:

Commissioner of Patents
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street
Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

How long it will take to get a filing certificate

You should get a filing certificate within 15 business days of CIPO receiving your application if it meets filing requirements.

All patent performance targets

How to pay

To pay by mail, you need to use the fee payment form.

Complete your fee payment form and mail it to:

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Finance, Integrated Planning and Administration
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street
Room C114
Gatineau, QC K1A 0C9

Accepted forms of payment

  • Credit card
  • Your CIPO deposit account
  • Cheques or money orders
  • Wire transfer

Learn more about our payment methods.

How to file in person

Bring your application and fees to a designated regional establishment (office).

The documents should be directed to the following address:

Commissioner of Patents
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

How to pay your fees

To pay in person, you need to use the fee payment form. If you can't download a copy, we will have a paper copy you can use.

Pay your fees at our headquarters or a designated regional establishment (office).

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street
Room C114
Gatineau, QC K1A 0C9

Our main office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (ET) (except statutory holidays).

Accepted forms of payment

  • Credit card
  • Your CIPO deposit account
  • Cheques or money orders
  • Wire transfers
  • Debit card (only accepted at CIPO headquarters)

Learn more about our payment methods.

How to file by fax

You can fax your application to one of the following numbers:

  • 819-953-2476
  • 819-953-6742

The electronic transmittal report returned to you following your facsimile transmission is your acknowledgment receipt. Confidentiality of the facsimile transmission process can't be guaranteed.

How to pay your fees

You must include a fee payment form with your application

Complete your fee payment form and fax it to one of the following numbers:

Fax:

  • 819-953-2476
  • 819-953-6742

Note: Do not send a hard copy by mail, because this could result in you making 2 payments.

Accepted forms of payment

  • Credit card
  • Your CIPO deposit account
  • Cheques or money orders
  • Wire transfers

Learn more about our payment methods.

After you file

Wait for your filing certificate

If your application meets the filing requirements, we will send you a filing certificate that includes your:

  • filing date
  • patent application number

You should get a filing certificate within 15 business days of CIPO receiving your application When you get your filing certificate, it means your application is pending. It doesn't guarantee that you'll be granted a patent.

All patent performance targets

Translations

If you submitted your description in a language other than English or French, we will send you a notice asking you to submit a translation. You have 2 months from the date of notice to provide the translation.

Late fees

You must pay a late fee if you do not pay your fees on time. We will send you a notice to let you know that you must respond with the full fee payment plus the late fee. If you do not respond in time with the required fees, your application will be considered withdrawn.

Maintenance fees

While your application is pending and after it is granted, you need to pay annual maintenance fees. Learn how and when to pay patent and patent application maintenance fees.

Pay maintenance fees

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