CIPO Releases a Revised Chapter 16 of the MOPOP Relating to Computer-implemented Inventions

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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) released a revised Chapter 16 of the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) relating to computer-implemented inventions on October 1, 2010. This chapter outlines the examination practices of the CIPO with respect to computer-implemented inventions and attempts to clarify the teachings of other chapters of MOPOP, in particular Chapters 12 (relating to Utility and Subject Matter) and 13 (relating to Examination of Applications), with respect to computer-implemented inventions specifically. It is important to remember, however, that MOPOP is based on the CIPO's interpretation of the Patent Act, Patent Rules and jurisprudence available prior to the release date of the chapter

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