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Launch of Public Consultations on the new Industrial Design Office Practice Manual

– Gatineau – Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is conducting public consultations on the new Industrial Design Office Practice Manual (IDOP). Canadians are encouraged to provide feedback between and .

The IDOP is an important tool for communicating CIPO's internal office practices and procedures to clients; it is the primary public source for information on how to file and prosecute an application for industrial design registration in Canada.

The new IDOP sets out how CIPO will operationalize the regulatory and legislative changes necessary for Canada to accede to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the Hague Agreement). It also includes various elements which support the modernization of Canada's industrial design regime and the delivery of improved services for clients.

The Hague System provides businesses with access to an international system to file and manage industrial design applications in multiple countries through a single, streamlined process.

The Government is in the process of finalizing the Industrial Design Regulations, information technology system updates and the Hague Agreement accession arrangements with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), with the view to a coming into force date in late 2018.

The new IDOP has been developed in close collaboration with stakeholders. Feedback received to date has informed a number of revisions, which are reflected in the draft posted for public consultation. Additional comments received will be taken into account prior to finalizing the new IDOP.

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