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CIPO CEO Johanne Bélisle ends five-year mandate. August 31, 2020 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office CIPO Five years ago, I was appointed CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) by the Government of Canada.

A new look for CIPO's patent certificates
August 27, 2020 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents We are pleased to announce that beginning , intellectual property (IP) rights holders will receive a modernized certificate to represent their patents in Canada.

National Optics Institute (INO) – Innovation, Intellectual Property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty
June 3, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Blog post about INO's success as a research technology organization, IP recommendations, IP strategies and more.

Design matters in the solar energy business: Morgan Solar
April 26, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Morgan Solar, a Toronto-based company, designed a special solar panel to generate sustainable solar energy while reducing heat and glare coming in through windows.

Using Canadian intellectual property to help fight COVID-19
April 26, 2020 | Sucess stories, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office trade secret The National Optics Institute (INO) is the largest optics and photonics centre of expertise in Canada and is among the top technological research centres in the world.

Nano One Materials Corp.: Better battery materials for a cleaner and sustainable future
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Nano One, a Canadian technology company based in Burnaby, British Columbia, seized the opportunity to gain a foothold in the battery space by developing new processes to make cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

PRANA: Strong trademarks help make "snacktivism" possible
January 24, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents As Canadians grow increasingly mindful of nutrition, as well as the way their food is produced and packaged, businesses are seizing opportunities in the field. At the forefront of the organic snacks industry is PRANA, a Montréal-based Canadian company selling.

The ALLELES Design Studio: A touch of style and intellectual property for prosthetic devices
December 03, 2019 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property IP story of the ALLELES Design Studio. Based in Victoria, B.C., this Canadian design studio specializes in the design and fabrication of fashionable covers for limb prostheses.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network intellectual property success story
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Jean La Rose, the CEO of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, discusses the importance of intellectual property in business and offers advice to Indigenous businesses.

Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property
December 12, 2019 | Education Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property The intersection of the intellectual property (IP) system and the protection of Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions is receiving increasing attention within Indigenous communities in Canada, among government policy-makers and in international trade and policy fora.

Fluid technology against brain trauma
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Hoshizaki's combination of innovativeness, business knowledge, and IP literacy has led to commercialization of this new technology, fully leveraging his patents to achieve it.

Before becoming popular, trademark your brand: HockeyShot
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks Jonathan Thériault, the lead engineer of HockeyShot, says registering a trademark gave them peace of mind to expand in Canada and abroad.

PBSC Urban solutions
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Creator of Montréal's bike sharing system (BIXI), this Canadian company designs, produces and sells bike sharing systems all over the world. The eco-friendly system consists of a docking station and kiosk where bikes can be rented by credit card and returned.

Bringing a unique Canadian brand to China
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks North Vancouver sits at the foot of the North Shore mountains, just minutes away from skiing, climbing, and harsh mountain environments.

Leading a new cooking generation: Instant Pot
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The Instant Pot® was created to solve a cooking challenge that busy people face: how to quickly put a healthy, delicious meal on the table after a long day of work or study.

Shield-X Technology: Using patents to prevent concussions
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Their Shield-X Membrane, for which the team has been granted a patent, is used to mitigate sharp twisting of the head during impact.

Solace Power: Generating smart strategies on IP protection
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Solace Power secured its place in the wireless power transfer market with a well-managed intellectual property strategy.

Spin Master's success in the world of toys
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In today's highly competitive toy industry, finding innovative, fun ways for kids to play is the key to success.

DNA Genotek: Sampling made simple
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In today's highly competitive toy industry, finding innovative, fun ways for kids to play is the key to success.

World Entrepreneurs' Day
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property What started as a high school science project for Eden Full Goh is now a global non-profit organization benefiting more than 17,000 people around the world.

Michel Dallaire: Over 50 years of Canadian industrial design
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Are you familiar with the BIXI bike, the self-service bike that is available whenever you want, on four continents? The creator behind this innovation is none other than the famous industrial designer Michel Dallaire.

Bleeding Art Industries: Creating cool in the creative industries
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design From creating mind-blowing special effects to designing and manufacturing props, prosthetics and creatures, to content creation, the Calgary-based company is a full-service effects shop and studio.

Famous Five Women of IP
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Sarah McLachlan's enchanting voice and profound lyrics have been haunting our hearts and minds for over 30 years.

Green Beaver's natural ingredient to success
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks Today, thousands of specialty health food stores across Canada and the United States (U.S.) carry the Green Beaver brand.

Crossworks: A cut above the rest
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. is a Canadian diamond manufacturing company whose mission is to create beautiful, sustainable products that are ethically mined, manufactured and sold worldwide.

Protecting the “next big thing” with IP
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Protecting the “Next Big Thing” with IP - a success story.

Crafting a business through IP
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Crafting a business through IP: Lee Valley Tools - a success story

CarbonCure: CO2 in the mix
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Innovation and IP - CO2 in the mix - a success story

lululemon shares IP best practices
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property lululemon shares intellectual property best practices - a success story.

World IP Day: April 26, 2020
February 21, 2020 | Success stories Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The theme of the 2020 World Intellectual Property Day is “Innovate for a Green Future.”

The Patent Act: past, present, and future
February 21, 2020 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents A short history of Canada's Patent Act, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

2020 Patent Agent Examination
October 04, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Under the provisions of subsection 14(2) of the Patent Rules, notice is hereby given that the 2020 examination will be held on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2020.

New IP Agent Search tool now available to help businesses find registered agents
August 15, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) launched the new IP Agent Search tool to help our clients and innovators find registered trademark and patent agents who can assist them in protecting their intellectual property (IP).

New tools for Canadians to protect their intellectual property on the international stage
November 15, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Canadian companies that protect their creations and ideas are more innovative, enjoy higher growth and create better jobs than their competitors.

ePCT and PCT-SAFE
Mai 31, 2018 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Applicants interested in electronically filing international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can prepare files using either ePCT or PCT-SAFE, both of which are created and provided free of charge by WIPO.

CIPO makes amendments to the Vienna Classification
October 16, 2018 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks CIPO's implementation of the classification schema in accordance with the Eighth Edition of the Vienna Classification (VCL) of the World Intellectual Property Office

New Canadian Classification Standard for Industrial Designs
November 11, 2018 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design On November 5, 2018, CIPO introduced an updated version of its Canadian Classification Standard for Industrial Designs.

Canada's participation in WIPO's Digital Access Service: A simple and e-enabled exchange of priority documents
April 1, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property This news release provides details on Canada's participation in WIPO's Digital Access Service for industrial design applications.

Patent and trademark agent annual renewal deadline: April 1, 2019
January 2, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents, trademarks Patent and trademark agents have until April 1, 2019 to renew their registration on the register of patent agents and the list of trademark agents.

The Hague Agreement Implementation and Industrial Design Event with Parliamentary Secretary Lametti
February 26, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design On December 10, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office held an event featuring panelists from successful and innovative companies with registered industrial designs and IP in robotics and wearable technology.

Canada has acceded to three new trademark treaties
March 19, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks Canada has formally acceded to the Singapore Treatys, the Madrid Protocol, and the Nice Agreement.

Improvements to CIPO patent search tools and databases
June 3, 2019 | Updates Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents A brief description of updates made to the patent search databases to provide quicker access to patent information, and how these changes will affect intellectual property professionals.

Proceedings before the Trademarks Opposition Board and frequently asked questions
May 19, 2020 | Notices, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks, Notices These questions and answers were prepared in the context of the COVID-19 service interruptions for the Trademark Opposition board, which is rapidly evolving.

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 service interruptions – Trademarks
May 13, 2020 | Notices, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks, Notices These questions and answers were prepared in the context of the COVID-19 service interruptions for trademarks, which is rapidly evolving.

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 service interruptions – Industrial designs
May 13, 2020 | Notices, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design, Notices These questions and answers were prepared in the context of the COVID-19 service interruptions for industrial designs, which is rapidly evolving.

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 service interruptions – Patents
May 13, 2020 | Notices, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents, Notices These questions and answers were prepared in the context of the COVID-19 service interruptions for patents, which is rapidly evolving.

Stoppage of 2 CIPO patent reminder notices (2020-02-25)
February 25, 2020 | Notices Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents, Notices As of 2020, CIPO is no longer sending due date reminders for patent maintenance fees and requests for examination.

Warning: Beware of email scam relating to My ISED Account
November 5, 2019 | Notices Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has noticed recent fraudulent activity relating to email requests

Upgrade to "Enter a New Name on the List of Trademark Agents"
June 19, 2018 | Notices Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks The online service pertaining to “Enter a New Name on the List of Trademark Agents” has been upgraded on June 19, 2018 to ensure a high level of web accessibility is applied consistently across Government of Canada websites and web applications.

Resolved - Technical issues with new printing services-Patents
August 15, 2018 | Notices Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Follow up to the notice posted on 2018-03-28.

Technical issues with new printing services-Patents
March 28, 2018 | Notices Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Article explaining that, due to technical issues, commencing with patents that will be issued on April 3rd, 2018, all granted patents will be issued as single-sided documents.

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