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Patent Rules (SOR/2019-251)

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Regulations are current to 2020-10-05 and last amended on 2019-10-30. Previous Versions

PART 1Rules of General Application (continued)

Abandonment and Reinstatement (continued)

Marginal note:Prescribed fee

 For the purposes of subparagraph 73(3)(a)(iv) of the Act, the prescribed fee is the fee set out in item 15 of Schedule 2.

Marginal note:Non-application of certain portions of subsection 73(3) of Act

  •  (1) Subparagraph 73(3)(a)(ii) and paragraph 73(3)(b) of the Act do not apply

    • (a) in respect of a failure under paragraph 73(1)(a), (b) or (e) or subsection 73(2) of the Act; or

    • (b) in respect of a failure under paragraph 73(1)(d) of the Act if, within six months after the applicable time prescribed by subsection 35(2) of the Act and in respect of that failure, the applicant makes a request for reinstatement to the Commissioner, takes the action that should have been taken in order to avoid the abandonment and pays the fee prescribed by section 134 of these Rules.

  • Marginal note:Non-application of subsection 3(1)

    (2) Subsection 3(1) does not apply to the time prescribed by paragraph (1)(b).

Fees for Services

Marginal note:Fee for certified copies

  •  (1) A person who requests from the Commissioner a certified copy of a document that is in the Commissioner’s possession must pay the fee set out in item 36 or 37 of Schedule 2, as applicable.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a certified copy transmitted under rule 318 of the Federal Courts Rules, including that rule as modified by rule 350 of those Rules.

Marginal note:Fee for non-certified copies

 A person who requests from the Commissioner a non-certified copy of a document that is in the Commissioner’s possession must pay the fee set out in item 38 or 39 of Schedule 2, as applicable.

Marginal note:Fee for requesting information

 A person who requests that the Patent Office provide information concerning the status of a patent or an application for a patent must pay the fee set out in item 40 of Schedule 2.

Refund and Waiver of Fees

Marginal note:Refund of fees

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Commissioner must refund

    • (a) a fee paid by a person in respect of a paper of a qualifying examination, if the Commissioner notifies the person that they passed an equivalent paper of a previous qualifying examination and the person notifies the Commissioner in writing not later than the thirtieth day after receipt of the notification from the Commissioner that they no longer intend to sit for the paper;

    • (b) any fee, other than the fee referred to in subsection 27(2) of the Act, paid in respect of an application, other than a PCT national phase application, that was filed through inadvertence, accident or mistake and that was withdrawn not later than the fourteenth day after the earliest date on which the Commissioner received any document or information in respect of that application under subsection 28(1) of the Act or, in the case of a divisional application, not later than the fourteenth day after the earliest date on which the Commissioner received any document or information referred to in subsection 103(1) in respect of that application;

    • (c) any fee, other than the fee set out in any of items 16 to 21 of Schedule 2, paid in respect of an international application, if one or more of the requirements for entry into the national phase were met in respect of the application through inadvertence, accident or mistake and, if the international application has become a PCT national phase application, that PCT national phase application was withdrawn not later than the fourteenth day after its national phase entry date;

    • (d) a fee paid in respect of a request for the registration of a document relating to a patent or an application for a patent, if the fee is received but the document is not submitted;

    • (e) a fee paid for advertising on the website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office an application presented to the Commissioner under section 65 of the Act, if the application was not advertised on that website;

    • (f) a fee paid in respect of a request for a copy of a document if the request is withdrawn before the copy is made;

    • (g) a fee paid in respect of a request for a copy of a document, if the Patent Office does not have that document;

    • (h) any overpayment of a fee; and

    • (i) any fee paid, if payment of the fee is waived by the Commissioner.

  • Marginal note:Request

    (2) The Commissioner must not give a refund under any of paragraphs (1)(a) to (h) unless a request for the refund is received not later than three years after the day on which the fee was paid.

Marginal note:Waiver of fee — request to correct errors

  •  (1) The Commissioner is authorized to waive the payment of the fee set out in item 24 of Schedule 2 that is payable for a request for a correction if the request is in regard to an error made by the Commissioner and if the Commissioner is satisfied that the circumstances justify it.

  • Marginal note:Waiver of fee — reissue of patent

    (2) The Commissioner is authorized to waive the payment of the fee set out in item 28 of Schedule 2 for filing an application to reissue a patent if the application for reissue is as a result of an error made by the Commissioner and if the Commissioner is satisfied that the circumstances justify it.

PART 2Patent Cooperation Treaty

Definitions

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

international filing date

international filing date means the date accorded to an international application under Article 11 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. (date du dépôt international)

priority date

priority date has the same meaning as in Article 2(xi) of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. (date de priorité)

Application of Treaty

Marginal note:International applications

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2) and subsections 154(11) and (12), the provisions of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Regulations under the PCT and the Administrative Instructions apply in respect of

    • (a) an international application filed with the Commissioner; and

    • (b) an international application in which Canada is designated under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (2) Article 24(2) of the Patent Cooperation Treaty and Rule 49.6 of the Regulations under the PCT do not apply in respect of an international application in which Canada is designated under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

International Phase

Marginal note:Receiving Office

 If an international application is filed with the Commissioner and the applicant or, if there is more than one applicant, at least one of the applicants, is a national or resident of Canada, the Commissioner must act as a receiving Office in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Regulations under the PCT and the Administrative Instructions.

Marginal note:Application in English or French

 An international application, other than any text matter contained in a sequence listing, that is filed with the Commissioner must be entirely in English or entirely in French.

Marginal note:International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority

 The Commissioner must act as an International Searching Authority and an International Preliminary Examining Authority in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Regulations under the PCT and the Administrative Instructions.

Marginal note:Fees payable in Canadian currency

  •  (1) Fees payable under Rules 15 and 57 of the Regulations under the PCT must be paid in Canadian currency.

  • Marginal note:Patent Cooperation Treaty Fund

    (2) Money received under Rules 15 and 57 of the Regulations under the PCT must be deposited in the account entitled the Patent Cooperation Treaty Fund within the account entitled the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Revolving Fund and must be paid out of that account in accordance with those Rules.

Marginal note:Transmittal fee

 An applicant of an international application filed with the Commissioner must pay the transmittal fee set out in item 16 of Schedule 2 for the performance of the tasks referred to in Rule 14 of the Regulations under the PCT.

Marginal note:Search fee

 An applicant of an international application filed with the Commissioner must pay the search fee set out in item 17 of Schedule 2 for the performance of the tasks referred to in Rule 16 of the Regulations under the PCT.

Marginal note:Additional fee

 The amount of the additional fee for searching under Article 17(3)(a) of the Patent Cooperation Treaty is the fee set out in item 18 of Schedule 2.

Marginal note:Preliminary examination fee

 An applicant of an international application filed with the Commissioner who requests an international preliminary examination must pay the preliminary examination fee set out in item 19 of Schedule 2 for the performance of the tasks referred to in Rule 58 of the Regulations under the PCT.

 
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