Patent and trademark agent annual maintenance deadline:
From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Patent and trademark agents have until , to maintain their name on the register of patent agents and the list of trademark agents. These lists are maintained on an annual basis, as set out in subsection 23(1) of the Patent Rules and section 20 of the Trademarks Regulations respectively.
If you fail to meet the maintenance requirements by March 31, your name will be removed from the register of patent agents or from the list of trademark agents and you will need to pay the reinstatement and maintenance fees. If you are a trademark agent, you will also need to demonstrate that you have passed the qualifying examination.
Maintenance and the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents
On the coming-into-force date, the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents will assume responsibilities for agent maintenance. The list of individuals who are patent and trademark agents will be provided to the College, and the College will be responsible for maintaining the official registers of patent and trademark agents.
After the coming-into-force date, agents will need to submit fees to the College to remain on its register. The target coming-into-force date is in the spring of 2021.
Maintenance process for firms
Firms maintaining their registrations on the register of patent agents or list of trademark agents will need to fulfill the regulatory requirements of paragraph 23(1)(c) of the Patent Rules and paragraph 20(1)(c) of the Trademarks Regulations by March 31. The statement required by paragraph 23(1)(c) of the Patent Rules indicating each member of the firm entered on the register must be signed by a member of the firm whose own name is entered on the register. Generic signatures will not be accepted.
Maintenance process for patent agents
Patent agents are encouraged to maintain their registration on the register online using the general correspondence form.
Maintenance process for trademark agents
Trademark agents are encouraged to maintain their name on the list online using the trademark agent renewal application.
For help in maintaining your name on the list, please contact the Client Service Centre.
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