Patent and trademark agent annual renewal deadline: April 3, 2018
Patent and trademark agents have until April 3, 2018 to renew their registration on the register of patent agents and the list of trademark agents. These lists are renewed on an annual basis as set out in subsection 16(1) of the Patent Rules and section 22 of the Trade-marks Regulations respectively. Since the end of the renewal period, March 31, falls on a Saturday in 2018, the deadline is extended to the next day the Office is open - Tuesday, April 3.
Firms renewing their registrations on the register of patent agents or the list of trademark agents will need to fulfill the regulatory requirements of paragraph 16(1)(c) of the Patent Rules and paragraph 22(1)(c) of the Trade-marks Regulations before April 3, 2018. The statement indicating each member of the firm entered in the register, required by paragraph 16(1)(c) of the Patent Rules, must be signed by a duly authorized member of the firm whose own name is entered on the register. Generic signatures of the firm will not be accepted.
If you fail to meet the renewal requirements before April 3, 2018, you will be removed from the register of patent agents or from the list of trademark agents. In such cases, you will need to pay the reinstatement and renewal fee, and if you are a trademark agent, you will also need to demonstrate that you have passed the qualifying examination.
The renewal process for patent agents
Patent agents are encouraged to renew using the general correspondence form.
The renewal process for trademark agents
Trademark agents are encouraged to renew using the Trademark agent renewal application.
For help on how to complete your renewal, please contact the Client Service Center.
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