The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced on March 16, 2011 that the Governor in Council approved the Rules Amending the Patent Rules relating to expedited examination of patent applications relating to green technology. The amendments came into force on March 3, 2011.
The amendments now provide a patent applicant the opportunity to request expedited examination of their Canadian patent application if the invention is related to green technology.
Although no additional fee is required to request expedited examination based on a green technology related patent application, the applicant must submit a declaration stating their patent application relates to “technology the commercialization of which would help to resolve or mitigate environmental impacts or conserve the natural environment and resources”.
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