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Canadian Patent Rules Cut Filing Delay Time for Multinationals

Oct. 29, 2019, 5:07 PM

Canada is shortening the time multinational companies have to apply for patents there after applying in another jurisdiction, under new rules that Canadian officials say could save applicants millions of dollars over the next decade.

Canada’s new patent rules, which take effect Oct. 30, align the country with the international Patent Cooperation Treaty, which Canada joined in 1990, and the Patent Law Treaty, which it signed in 2001.

Canada will now require applicants to file within 30 months of filing internationally, in line with the U.S. and most other countries, down from 42 months.

Start-ups often skipped Canada initially, and...

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