Legal provisions to assist applicants affected by major disruptions

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) would like to remind applicants who encountered major disruptions, such as natural disasters and wars, of the legal provisions which may be available to them to minimize the loss of rights. While CIPO cannot provide for additional measures than those currently specified in law, Canadian intellectual property legislation, regulation and practice do offer, in some circumstances, the possibility of extension and/or reinstatement.

The specific provisions are detailed below. Please refer to the appropriate section for further information:



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