Patent and trademark agent annual renewal deadline: March 31, 2017
Patent and trademark agents have until March 31, 2017 to renew their registration on the register of patent agents and the list of trademark agents. These lists are renewed on an annual basis as set out in section 22 of the Trade-marks Regulations and subsection 16(1) of the Patent Rules respectively.
Firms renewing their registrations on the register of patent agents will need to fulfill all signature requirements before March 31, 2017. The statement indicating each member of the firm entered in the register, required by paragraph 16(1)(c) of the Patent Rules must be signed by a duly authorized member of the firm whose own name is entered on the register. Generic signatures for renewal of patent firms on the register will not be accepted.
If you fail to meet the renewal requirements before March 31, 2017, you will be removed from the register of patent agents or from the list of trademark agents. To be reinstated in such cases, you will need to pay the reinstatement and renewal fees, and if you are a trademark agent, you will also need to demonstrate that you have passed the qualifying examination.
Do not wait!
The renewal process for trademark agents has changed
We have modernized our applications (Trademark agent renewal and Add name to list of trademark agents) to make them easier to use. These applications have been optimized for your mobile device and will also allow you to access your deposit account.
We've also improved the general correspondence form for patent agent renewals to serve you better!
Effective January 1, 2017, patent agents must use the general correspondence form to pay annual maintenance fees online and maintain their entry on the register of patent agents.
Patent agents renewing their registrations will be able to:
- pay for multiple patent agents in one transaction
- pay instantly by credit card or by deposit account
- instantly get a delivery receipt and a payment confirmation
Starting January 1, 2017, the online form for patent agent renewals will no longer be in service.For instructions on how to use this improved service, agents can access this online guide for more information, please contact us.
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