As of January 1, 2024, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will be increasing most of its fees by 25%. Filing fees, renewal fees, opposition filing fees, as well as fees for initiating summary expungement proceedings and recording trademark assignments will all be raised.
The adjustment does not apply, however, to “small entity” patent fees for Canadian small businesses.The definition of “small entities” will be expanded to include those employing fewer than 100 employees, rather than the previous 50 employee-limit as defined in the Patent Rules.
The exact fees applicable, both prior to and following the effective date, can be found on the CIPO’s website for patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, integrated circuit topographies, and geographical indications and official marks. The official regulations containing the adjustments can also be viewed in Part II of the Canada Gazette. Read more