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From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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Scheduled maintenance: at 9 p.m. ()

Our IP Horizons website and FTP server will not be accessible on Saturday, for approximately 30 minutes starting at 9 p.m. local time (UTC+4, Eastern Daylight Savings Time). This shutdown is for maintenance purposes. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Patent data now available in CSV and TXT formats ()

In an effort to facilitate the use of intellectual property data by the research community, CIPO is releasing patent data in CSV and TXT formats. Visit our new page to learn more.

Patent data in CSV and TXT formats will be updated quarterly while our XML data will continue to be updated weekly. For clients making use of our SFTP feature, the files are stored in the "Patents_CSV" directory.

CIPO is also planning to release trademarks and industrial design data in similar formats.

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:

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.


: Office closure and postponed patent bibliographic data

Please note that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will be closed on Wednesday due to Remembrance Day. The scheduled release of bibliographic and full text (XML) patent data will be available .

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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.


November 7: Trademarks historical files refresh (2020-11-05)

The next historical files refresh of our Canadian trademark XML data and designs collection is scheduled for November 7, 2020.

Other updates to our trademarks release schedule:

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Technical issues – trademarks data (2020-10-06)

Please note that CIPO is experiencing some technical issues with regards to the weekly update of the Canadian Trademarks Database. As we are reassessing the data, delays may be experienced. During this period, the last accessible weekly update will be the dataset from . We apologize for this inconvenience and we will advise you as soon as this issue has been resolved. We appreciate your patience.

September 26: Trademarks XML global refresh ()

CIPO’s next trademark XML data and designs refresh is scheduled for . Please note that we will no longer be mailing physical copies of these historical collections. Instead, these collections, as well as the technical release notes, will be accessible here on IP Horizons. As per usual, remember to load the refresh files before applying the weekly update of September 29, 2020.

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 ( 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

Industrial designs

November 6: Format change for industrial design data ()

In order to increase downloading convenience for clients, we are creating a single downloadable ZIP folder for our industrial design files. The content normally disseminated on a weekly basis will now be included in one ZIP file. The content itself will not differ from our normal weekly dissemination. This change will be in effect starting Friday, November 6, 2020.

Please note that if the files sizes for a given weekly is too large, then we will release them in multiple files. Files kept in "Industrial_Designs_Weekly_Uncompressed" will remain the same format for automated FTP.

November 3: Industrial design historical files refresh ()

The next historical files refresh of our industrial designs collection is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Please note that the weekly update of October 23, 2020 was cancelled and the data from this file will be included in this global. Also, please ensure that the global files are loaded prior to loading the weekly update of October 30, 2020.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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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