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Patent Act

Version of section 12 from 2018-12-13 to 2019-10-29:

Marginal note:Rules and regulations

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make rules or regulations

    • (a) respecting the form and contents of applications for patents;

    • (b) respecting the form of the Register of Patents and of the indexes thereto;

    • (c) respecting the registration of assignments, transmissions, disclaimers, judgments or other documents relating to any patent;

    • (d) respecting the form and contents of any certificate issued pursuant to this Act;

    • (e) prescribing the fees or the manner of determining the fees that may be charged in respect of the filing of applications for patents or the taking of other proceedings under this Act or under any rule or regulation made pursuant to this Act, or in respect of any services or the use of any facilities provided thereunder by the Commissioner or any person employed in the Patent Office;

    • (f) prescribing the fees or the manner of determining the fees that shall be paid to maintain in effect an application for a patent or to maintain the rights accorded by a patent;

    • (g) respecting the payment of any prescribed fees including the time when and the manner in which such fees shall be paid, the additional fees that may be charged for the late payment of such fees and the circumstances in which any fees previously paid may be refunded in whole or in part;

    • (h) for carrying into effect the terms of any treaty, convention, arrangement or engagement that subsists between Canada and any other country;

    • (i) for carrying into effect, notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Patent Cooperation Treaty done at Washington on June 19, 1970, including any amendments, modifications and revisions made from time to time to which Canada is a party;

    • (j) respecting the entry on, the maintenance of and the removal from the register of patent agents of the names of persons and firms, including the qualifications that must be met and the conditions that must be fulfilled by a person or firm before the name of the person or firm is entered thereon and to maintain the name of the person or firm on the register;

    • (j.001) respecting the submission, including in electronic form and by electronic means, of documents and information to the Commissioner or the Patent Office, including the time at which they are deemed to be received by the Commissioner or the Patent Office;

    • (j.002) respecting communications between the Commissioner and any other person;

    • (j.1) respecting the submission of documents, information or fees under section 8.1, including

      • (i) the documents, information or fees that may be submitted in electronic or other form under that section,

      • (ii) the persons or classes of persons by whom they may be submitted, and

      • (iii) the time at which they are deemed to be received by the Commissioner;

    • (j.2) respecting the entering or recording of any document or information under section 8.2;

    • (j.3) prescribing the manner in which an application for a patent may be withdrawn and, for the purposes of subsections 10(4) and (5), prescribing the date, or the manner of determining the date, on or before which a request for priority or an application for a patent must be withdrawn;

    • (j.4) respecting requests for priority, including

      • (i) the period within which priority must be requested,

      • (ii) the manner in which and period within which the Commissioner must be informed of the matters referred to in subsection 28.4(2),

      • (iii) the documentation that must be filed in support of requests for priority, and

      • (iv) the withdrawal of requests for priority;

    • (j.5) respecting the time within which requests for examination must be made and prescribed fees must be paid under subsection 35(1);

    • (j.6) respecting the deposit of biological material for the purposes of section 38.1;

    • (j.7) respecting the manner in which amendments may be made to specifications or drawings furnished as part of an application for a patent;

    • (j.8) authorizing the Commissioner to extend, subject to any prescribed terms and conditions, the time fixed by or under this Act in respect of any business before the Patent Office for doing anything where the Commissioner is satisfied that the circumstances justify the extension;

    • (k) prescribing any other matter that by any provision of this Act is to be prescribed; and

    • (l) generally, for carrying into effect the objects and purposes of this Act or for ensuring the due administration thereof by the Commissioner and other officers and employees of the Patent Office.

  • Marginal note:Effect

    (2) Any rule or regulation made by the Governor in Council has the same force and effect as if it had been enacted herein.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-4, s. 12
  • R.S., 1985, c. 33 (3rd Supp.), s. 3
  • 1993, c. 15, s. 29
  • 2017, c. 6, s. 34
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 250

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