International patent strategies? Choose Canada


Scott Miller and Randall Marusyk

Recent global economic events have forced intellectual property owners to tighten their belts.

IP reform has put more pressure on IP owners too, as they now have to consider and act on reforms such as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was signed into law by US President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.

When these events are combined, they represent a good opportunity for Canada to become a top-tier priority for patent filings.

For example, applicants in the US now have to request prioritised examinations of patent applications that have a limited number of claims, for a fee (large applicant) of $4800. In comparison, the cost for requesting an expedited examination in Canada is $500, or free if the application is for green technology.

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