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Researcher Datasets - New format for industrial design data and update to patent data! (2021-04-12)

We made industrial design data available in CSV and TXT. In addition, we published an update to our patent data in CSV and TXT. The new formats were specifically chosen to make IP data more accessible to the research community.

Trademark and Industrial Design – data correction required ()

We would like to bring to your attention to one trademark application deletion and two industrial design registrations status change.

  • Trademark application 1000184-04 must be deleted from your internal databases and/or archives. It was published in error.
  • Industrial design applications 187485 and 187487 have had their international registration withdrawn and registration date removed. This change will be reflected in the upcoming historical back-file refresh.

COVID-19: Service update ( )

Due to the effects of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to notify that our operations may be affected. Our data dissemination services will continue for the time being, but may experience delays.

More information to come.


Implementation of WIPO Standard ST.26 Patent Data Format: Biological Sequence Listings ( )

The full historical collection of records of biological sequence listings (BSLs) from patent applications filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) was updated on our cloud and our data portal IP Horizons. This refresh of the full historical collection was produced on 2020-12.

As of , all applications filed on or after this date must comply with the new WIPO ST.26 format. CIPO and WIPO will not convert BSL applications filed before from the ST.25 format to the ST.26 format as BSLs are provided by the applicant and not altered. CIPO understands that this change may cause additional work on your end however, as an Intellectual Property Office (IPO), we must comply with the Standards and Policies set forth by WIPO.

Collections including applications filed before will contain BSL products in ST.25 and may contain BSL products in ST.26 format. All applications filed on or after containing BSLs will be in ST.26 format and data for these applications will be disseminated solely in the new ST.26 format. CIPO will support both the ST.25 and ST.26 formats for an undetermined period of time, by disseminating both formats in parallel. Clients will be informed when the ST.25 format will be decommissioned.


September 26: Trademarks XML global refresh ( )

CIPO's next trademark XML data and designs refresh is scheduled for . Please note that we will no longer be mailing physical copies of these historical collections. Instead, these collections, as well as the technical release notes, will be accessible here on IP Horizons. As per usual, remember to load the refresh files before applying the weekly update of September 29, 2020.

Postponed: trademarks historical files refresh release ( )

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, CIPO will postpone the release of Trademarks historical data that was originally scheduled for release on . We will notify you on the new date for release in the coming weeks as more information becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience this disruption may have caused.

Error: trademark application 1000184-04 ( )

Application 1000184-04 was mistakenly included in our weekly trademarks file that was published on January 14 (WEEKLY_2020-01-14_00-04-35.zip). It has since been deleted from our records.

We encourage you to remove this application from your files.

Adherence to the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty and the Nice Agreement ( )

Read more about trademark adherence

Industrial designs

Upcoming in May 2021 – new historical collection for industrial design data ( )

Our next historical files refresh of the Canadian industrial designs collection is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021. The updated files will be available for download on IP Horizons and directly through our SFTP service following this date.

Please note that the weekly update of is cancelled and the data from this file will be included in the global. Please ensure you've loaded the new historical collection prior to loading the weekly update of .

November 6: Format change for industrial design data ( )

In order to increase downloading convenience for clients, we are creating a single downloadable ZIP folder for our industrial design files. The content normally disseminated on a weekly basis will now be included in one ZIP file. The content itself will not differ from our normal weekly dissemination. This change will be in effect starting Friday, November 6, 2020.

Please note that if the files sizes for a given weekly is too large, then we will release them in multiple files. Files kept in "Industrial_Designs_Weekly_Uncompressed" will remain the same format for automated FTP.

November 3: Industrial design historical files refresh ( )

The next historical files refresh of our industrial designs collection is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Please note that the weekly update of October 23, 2020 was cancelled and the data from this file will be included in this global. Also, please ensure that the global files are loaded prior to loading the weekly update of October 30, 2020.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Status update for industrial design data ( )

Read more about industrial design status

With the adherence to the Hague Agreement, CIPO adopted the term "expired" for what was previously known as the status "public domain" in the Canadian industrial designs database. The same change of term is required in the bulk industrial design xml collection. All instances of the status "public domain" in the historical collection and the weekly updates will be changed to "expired" on March 15, 2019.

We ask that all clients replace the term "public domain" with the term "expired" in their own database. By making this change by March 15, 2019, you will ensure ongoing alignment with industrial design updates.