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CIPO Announces Corrections to Small Entity Maintenance Fees

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has recently announced that applicable small entity 2nd, 3rd and 4th anniversary patent maintenance fees were incorrectly published on the CIPO website, and in the Patent Office Notices and Payment Letters for each of the calendar years 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.
Previously, CIPO identified…

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Canadian Small Entity Criteria Expanded

With effect from 01 January 2024, the Canadian Patent Office has expanded eligibility to claim the Canadian small entity fee reduction to businesses employing ninety-nine (99) or fewer employees.
Under the amended Patent Rules, the Canadian small entity status condition is met if on the Canadian patent application filing date, or in respect of…

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