IPIC Industrial Design Committee Meeting Summary
The IPIC Industrial Design Committee (IDC) had a great meeting with representatives from the CIPO on Friday March 1, 2019. Below are some highlights of the discussion that may be of interest.
Hague Treaty Implementation
- The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) received the first Hague international application designating Canada on November 5, 2018, the very first day it was possible, and it was from a Canadian applicant: PBSC Urban Solutions, makers of the BIXI bikes.
- As of February 26, 2019, the IB has received approximately 265 designations for Canada, including applications from both Canadian and international applicants, the majority of which are still being processed at WIPO.
- On April 1, 2019, CIPO will begin operation, for industrial designs only, as both an accessing and depositing office with WIPO’s Digital Access Service (DAS), an electronic digital library where Intellectual Property Offices can exchange priority documents.
- Applicants with a priority claim from a WIPO DAS participating office will no longer have to provide a certified copy of a priority document, only an access code.
- It is expected that participation in DAS for patents will likely follow after the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) changes.
- CIPO is working on a new platform for electronic correspondence from CIPO to clients, as well as a new online amendment form, to supplement the improved online filing facility in place since November.
- Design consultations and demonstrations are expected in spring/summer or summer/fall 2019, with currently planned releases in summer/fall 2019.
- Forecast about 6,600 new applications for 2019 (flat compared to last year)
- Origin of applications:
- 54% from the US;
- 20% from EU; and
- 14% from Canada;
- 12% others.
- Turnaround time from filing to allowance: about 11.4 months now, will likely increase over next year (due to Hague implementation and training), before a planned decrease in subsequent years.
Various other items relating to Hague implementation and new services were discussed, and will be covered in the more detailed meeting summary being made available later. The next IDC meeting with CIPO is scheduled for the fall 2019.