Publication of the new Industrial Design Office Practice Manual

News release

September 27, 2018 – Gatineau – Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to announce the publication of the new Industrial Design Office Practice Manual (IDOP) that will come into force on November 5, 2018. The IDOP is an important tool for communicating CIPO's internal office practices and procedures to applicants and their agents; it is the primary public source for information on how to prosecute an application for the registration of an industrial design.

More specifically, the new IDOP sets out how CIPO will operationalize the legislative and regulatory changes necessary for Canada to accede to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the Hague Agreement). The Hague Agreement establishes an international registration system that provides a pathway for applicants to obtain industrial design registrations in multiple countries through a single international application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The new IDOP also includes various elements which support the modernization of Canada's industrial design regime and the delivery of improved services for clients.

The new IDOP has been developed in close collaboration with stakeholders. Feedback received from consultations with the industrial design agent community has informed a number of revisions, which are reflected in this final version.

The new IDOP is published on a new platform which delivers enhanced functionality for users. This is part of a larger effort to modernize CIPO's practice manuals.

Please note that the current IDOP remains in force until it is superseded by the new IDOP on November 5, 2018.

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