On July 8, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that they are launching a pilot program allowing small entities (universities, or businesses employing 50 or fewer employees) to request accelerated examination at no additional cost of patent applications for medical products and processes supporting the COVID-19 health response.
To be eligible for the pilot project, the claimed invention must be or have been subject to a Health Canada approval process including, but not limited to:
Patentees under the pilot project can expect to receive a first and subsequent Office Actions within 3 months.
This pilot project will be limited to 50 applicants and will remain in effect until otherwise indicated by CIPO. For more information about the pilot project, please see CIPO’s website here.
Summary By: Vanessa Komarnicki
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