Public consultations on the proposed Patent Rules

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From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Current Status: Open

This consultation is currently open.

From December 1st to December 31st, 2018, we are conducting a second public consultation on proposed amendments to the Patent Rules. We are also proceeding with the pre-publication of the draft Rules in the Canada Gazette, Part I.


The Government of Canada is modernizing Canada's intellectual property (IP) framework so that we can join five international IP treaties, including the Patent Law Treaty (PLT).

Participation in these international agreements will better align Canada's IP systems with our major international trading partners, making it easier for innovative Canadian businesses to protect their IP at home and abroad. It will also help to make Canada a more attractive destination for foreign investment and encourage companies to bring innovations to market more quickly, to the benefit of Canadian consumers.

We have already made amendments to the Patent Act to comply with the requirements of the PLT, and are now in the process of amending the accompanying Rules which will guide us on how the Act is applied.

This consultation specifically pertains to the proposed amendments to the Patent Rules. In line with our commitment to inclusive, meaningful, open, transparent and balanced consultations, we want to hear your views and comments on the proposed Rules.


We want to hear from businesses, inventors, agents, groups or organizations that have an interest in the patent regime and/or the protection of inventions here in Canada.


This public consultation on proposed amendments to the Patent Rules is an opportunity for you to learn about the proposed amendments and their potential impacts and benefits. You are encouraged to read the patent consultation documents and are invited to ask questions and provide comments related to the Patent Rules.

Your input helps further develop the Patent Rules. The pre-publication of the draft Rules in Canada Gazette, Part I, is done as part of the Federal Regulatory Development Process.

Consultation documents:


December 1st to December 31st, 2018

How to Participate

We value your views and would like to hear your comments and suggestions on how the proposed amendments may impact and benefit you.

Learn more about the proposed regulatory amendments and the consultation process:

Questions about the proposed Rules?

Email us:
Phone us: 1-866-997-1936

Submit feedback about the proposed Patent Rules by visiting our submissions page

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