IP Horizons notices
From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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Upcoming statutory holidays: and ()
CIPO is closed for business on statutory holidays. Please note that all requests and data uploads intended to be published on (Fête nationale du Québec) and (Canada Day) will be processed the following workdays, and .
CIPO to terminate FTP push service on ()
As part of CIPO's efforts to modernize data dissemination services, CIPO has introduced a new secure FTP service, which allows any enterprise the option to retrieve or "pull" Canadian IP data using an FTP client of their choice.
This new option will be replacing the current method of data transmission where CIPO actively pushed data via FTP to clients' servers.
You may have already requested credentials to access this new FTP server. If not, you may submit a request through this link. CIPO can also provide a guide on how to access Canadian IP data through FTP. With the appropriate credentials, each organization can automate the retrieval of data through simple batch files. IP data files can be stored to the specified local directory.
We hope that accessing Canadian IP data using this new service will provide reliable access to data.
We understand that many clients have automated processes in place for the processing of IP data. Clients will need to adjust these processes to accommodate this new method of retrieving data.
CIPO will continue to push data to clients for 6 months to provide sufficient time to adapt to the new FTP Pull system. We hope to eliminate actively sending data via FTP to clients' servers by the end of October 2020. In light of COVID-19, should you anticipate any problems with the migration, please contact as soon as possible.
COVID-19: Service update ()
Due to the effects of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to notify that our operations may be affected. Our data dissemination services will continue for the time being, but may experience delays.
More information to come.
We've updated IP Horizons! ()
The following changes will make it easier for you to download IP data on our website:
- No log in required to access IP Horizons
- Improved navigation and design for each data product
- New automated downloading in the form of secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) (you can register for SFTP through the website)
- Secure access to website content and data files
Coming soon: Instructions on Automated File Transfer ()
The automated file transfer guide contains simplified instructions on how to automate the file download process. By using WinSCP and some basic scripting, clients will be able to automatically pull new data files as soon as they become available. This is done by allowing clients to connect to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO's) SFTP server. The guide describes how to script the connection and outlines the download capabilities of the server.
European Patent Office announces termination of MIMOSA maintenance support ()
The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently announced (PDF format) that it will no longer support MIMOSA; the family of software products originally developed by the Trilateral IP Offices (United States, European, and Japan), for the production, transmission, and access of patent images. Maintenance of all MIMOSA software components will officially terminate . The final maintenance period will include adaptation to a Windows 10 environment.
CIPO will be taking this opportunity to explore alternative methods for the production and delivery of patent image products for weekly dissemination. CIPO is also interested in providing better access to patent images from its historical collection of applications in addition the weekly delivery of published applications and granted patents.
If you are interested in bulk access to patent image data, we would greatly appreciate your input regarding how you and your organization would like this data prepared for dissemination. Please make use of this survey to provide input and/or volunteer for consultation.
Technical issues – patent application images ()
Due to technical difficulties with the extraction of images, the publication of patent application images (MIMOSA) will be delayed until the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Canadian Patent Office Record ()
***Erratum on patent data are published every week when applicable***
Regularly consult the Canadian Patent Office Record for important notices.
Postponed: trademarks historical files refresh release ()
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, CIPO will postpone the release of Trademarks historical data that was originally scheduled for release on . We will notify you on the new date for release in the coming weeks as more information becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience this disruption may have caused.
Error: trademark application 1000184-04 ()
Application 1000184-04 was mistakenly included in our weekly trademarks file that was published on January 14 (WEEKLY_2020-01-14_00-04-35.zip). It has since been deleted from our records.
We encourage you to remove this application from your files.
Adherence to the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement ()
Read more about trademark adherence
Postponed: industrial design historical files refresh release ()
Due to the impacts of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), CIPO will postpone the release of industrial design historical data that was originally scheduled for release on . We will notify you on the new date for release in the coming weeks as more information becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience this disruption may have caused.
Status update for industrial design data ()
Read more about industrial design status
With the adherence to the Hague Agreement, CIPO adopted the term "expired" for what was previously known as the status "public domain" in the Canadian industrial designs database. The same change of term is required in the bulk industrial design xml collection. All instances of the status "public domain" in the historical collection and the weekly updates will be changed to "expired" on March 15, 2019.
We ask that all clients replace the term "public domain" with the term "expired" in their own database. By making this change by March 15, 2019, you will ensure ongoing alignment with industrial design updates.
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