CIPO launches electronic patent issuance

News release

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has launched electronic patent issuance. Clients who have been granted a Canadian patent will now download their documents in electronic format rather than receiving a paper copy.

As soon as April 6, 2021, we will begin sending instructions on how to download your patent documents from a secure repository. These instructions will be sent via the method of correspondence (regular mail or email) that has been identified on file. You will then be able to download the documents for a period of 6 months after receiving the instructions.

Our new e-issuance process will produce 2 PDFs, consisting of:

  1. the patent, sealed with a digital signature using Notarius software
  2. the cover page, description, claims and drawings

On the patent, the digital signature replaces the physical Patent Office seal. You will now see a visual representation of the seal placed on the patent. With this digital signature, the patent is considered official. One cannot edit the document without breaking the digital seal.

This new digital service is part of a larger IT modernization effort at CIPO with the goal of offering a modern, client-centric service experience through e-enabled services.

If you still require a copy of the paper package, you can use our document order form to submit your request.

For more information, please visit our website.

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