Public Consultations on the New Industrial Design Office Practice Manual

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Current status: Closed

Public consultation: Open from to

Previous public consultations on the related proposed Industrial Design Regulations

Pre-consultation: Opened on and closed on .

Canada Gazette, Part I: Opened on and closed on

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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) conducted public consultations on a new Industrial Design Office Practice Manual (IDOP) from May 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018.

The IDOP is an important tool for communicating CIPO's internal office practices and procedures to clients; it is the primary public source for information on how to file and prosecute an application for industrial design registration in Canada.

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).  It also includes various elements which support the modernization of Canada's industrial design regime and improve service for clients.

The Hague System provides businesses with access to an international system to file and manage industrial design applications in multiple countries through a single, streamlined process.

The Government amended the Industrial Design Act in 2014 and new Industrial Design Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.  The Government deposited the instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 16, 2018, indicating that the Hague Agreement will enter into force, in respect to Canada, on November 5, 2018.  


The purpose of the public consultation was to seek feedback on the proposed changes to the IDOP which are necessary for Canada to accede to the Hague Agreement as well as to modernize Canada's industrial design regime.

Comments received during the public consultation

Please note that the comments are presented as they were submitted, in the language in which they were written.

May 30 to June 29, 2018

Next steps

Feedback received will be taken into account prior to finalizing the new IDOP. Finalizing the IDOP is an important step towards Canada's accession to the Hague Agreement and the modernization of Canada's domestic industrial design regime. The objective is to publish the revised IDOP in the coming months, with it coming into force on November 5, 2018.

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