IPIC’s Trademark Committee Meets with CIPO, Led by Mr. Mesmin Pierre, Director General
A large portion of the meeting was devoted to discussing the current backlog of cases awaiting examination and the new e-services platform. Plans to address the backlog include greater reliance on computerized tools for assessing goods and services specifications along with more rapid examination for applications containing listings of acceptable goods and services. CIPO is welcoming suggestions for acceptable wording with a view to adding new terms to the Goods and Services Manual. This follows on work by CIPO to increase the number of acceptable terms contained in the Manual. Since April 30, 2021, a total of 14, 795 new terms have been added, with 3860 retired. Thus far CIPO has received, and processed, 1437 requests from firms for terms to be added to the Manual and this represents an approval rate of 91%. If your clients have pending applications with terminology that you believe is sufficiently precise, but is not contained in the Manual, making such a request, and having it accepted, will facilitate more rapid examination.
At the moment, Applications with a specification containing goods and services not chosen from the pre-approved list that were filed on January 4, 2019, are under examination. This compares to examination of applications using the pre-approved list that were filed October 2019. Thus, applications containing approved wording now have an advantage of more than nine months and growing.
The new e-services offering, available the first week of January 2022, will allow applicants to complete several tasks such as recordal of changes in title and appointment of Agents instantaneously on-line. The demo suggested an interface that was easy to use and that will bring efficiency to processes that have been too slow in the past.
CIPO also provided an up-to-date Examination Team Chart which may be viewed here.