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2019-2020 Annual Report
2019–2020 by the numbers

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Patents

37,999 applications (3% decrease)

Number of applications by sector

Chemistry: 12,679 (3% decrease)

Electrical engineering: 6,655 (6% increase)

Instruments: 6,319 (3% decrease)

Mechanical engineering: 8,040 (3% decrease)

Other fields: 4,306 (12% decrease)

28,209 requests for examinations (6% decrease)

21,005 grants (9% decrease)

increase Increase from 2018–2019 decrease Decrease from 2018–2019

2019–2020 top 10 patent applicants

Description of figure 2019–2020 top 10 patent applicants
Patent applicant Number of patent applications
OPPO 281
Qualcomm 232
Pratt & Whitney Canada 195
Boeing 191
Halliburton Energy Services 181
Huawei Technologies 179
Saudi Arabian Oil Company 176
Capital One  169
Procter & Gamble 147
Alibaba Group  142

Country of origin of patent applicationsFootnote *

Country of origin of patent applications
Description of figure Country of origin of patent applications
Country of origin of patent applications
Foreign countries Canada
32,948 5,051
Among the patent applications received from Canada
Patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Patent applications not filed under the PCT
1,565 3,486
Among the patent applications received from foreign countries
Country Number
United States of America 17,410
Germany 2,086
Japan 1,610
France 1,589
China 1,494
United Kingdom 1,274
Switzerland 1,056
Italy 604
Australia 555
Netherlands 527

CIPO received 2,310 International Searching Authority applications and 175 International Preliminary Examination Authority applications.

Patent appeals

71 applications received for rejected patents (30% decrease)

41 decisions rendered by the Patent Appeal Board (21% increase)

increase Increase from 2018–2019 decrease Decrease from 2018–2019

Trademarks

68,385 applications (8% increase)

57,743 registrations (132% increase)

increase Increase from 2018–2019

2019-2020 top 10 trademark applicants

Description of figure 2019–2020 top 10 trademark applicants
Trademark applicant Number of trademark applications
L'Oréal 204
Apple 196
Procter & Gamble 176
LG 165
Home Depot  140
IGT 124
Huawei 123
Shake Technologies 119
Crayola 119
Unilever Canada 108

Country of origin of trademark applications

Description of figure Country of origin of trademark applications
Country of origin of trademark applications
Canada Foreign countries
27,649 40,736
Among the trademark applications received from foreign countries
Country Number
United States Of America 19,553
China 3,512
United Kingdom 2,316
Germany 2,075
France 1,748
Japan 1,365
Switzerland 1,131
Australia 985
Italy 911
Republic of Korea 788

Use of the Madrid Protocol

Between June 17, 2019, and March 31, 2020, Canada was designated in over 15,527 international trademark applications filed through the Madrid System. As an Office of origin, CIPO received 453 applications for international registrations.

Trademarks oppositions

654 oppositions

  • 90% resolved through settlement negotiations between parties
  • 99 opposition decisions rendered (18% increase)

702 requests for expungement (section 45) (10% decrease)

  • 90% of trademarks automatically expunged since no evidence of use was filed by the registered owner
  • 74 section 45 decisions rendered (22% increase)

increase Increase from 2018–2019 decrease Decrease from 2018–2019

Industrial designs

  • 7,408 applications (21% increase)
  • 5,343 registrations (4% decrease)

increase Increase from 2018–2019 decrease Decrease from 2018–2019

2019–2020 top 10 industrial design applicantsFootnote **

Description of figure 2019–2020 top 10 industrial design applicants
2019–2020 top 10 industrial design applicants
Industrial design applicant Number of industrial design applications
Magic Leap 276
Harry Winston 153
Delta Faucet 113
Kronoplus 59
Apple 55
Patientory 55
Gillette 55
TBL Licensing LLC 48
LG 47
Bugatti 46

Country of origin of industrial design applications

Description of figure Country of origin of industrial design applications
Country of origin of industrial design applications
Canada Foreign countries
682 6,726
Among the industrial design applications received from foreign countries
Country Number
United States of America 3,611
Switzerland 375
Germany 374
China 255
France 240
United Kingdom 236
Japan 202
Italy 150
Sweden 123
Republic of Korea 120

Figures for industrial design applications do not include designs filed at WIPO that have not yet been received in Canada.

Use of the Hague Agreement

Canada has been designated in over 1,845 international industrial design applications under the Hague Agreement; the applications contain over 12,021 designs.

Copyright

8,753 registrations (5% decrease)

  • Literary: 3,877 (1% decrease)
  • Artistic: 1,232 (27% decrease)
  • Dramatic: 1,309 (5% decrease)
  • Musical: 790 (3% decrease)
  • Combination of literary, artistic, dramatic or musical: 862 (0.4% decrease)
  • Sound recording: 444 (8% decrease)
  • Performance: 216 (454% increase)
  • Communication signal: 23 (15% increase)

increase Increase from 2018–2019 decrease Decrease from 2018–2019

2019–2020 top 10 copyright applicants

Description of figure 2019–2020 top 10 copyright applicants
2019–2020 top 10 copyright applicants
Copyright applicant Number of copyright applications
Muhammad Shaikh  148
Canadian Standards Association 113
Warner Bros 80
Nelson Education 52
Netflix 50
Les Éditions Logitell 48
Freezing Solutions 46
Freezing Systems 46
Topking 40
Vega Musique 40

Country of origin of copyright applications

Description of figure Country of origin of copyright applications
Country of origin of industrial design applications
Canada Foreign countries
7,816 949
Among the copyright applications received from foreign countries
Country Number
United States of America 527
Pakistan 150
United Kingdom 54
New Zealand 48
China 16
Switzerland 16
Bermuda 14
Finland 13
Hong Kong 13
France 10
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