• CIPO's New Draft Guidelines Could Result in Higher Disclosure Standards for Canadian Patents
  • December 1, 2009 | Author: Eileen M. McMahon
  • Law Firm: Torys LLP - Toronto Office
  • The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has released a further update to the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP), an administrative document of CIPO that examiners refer to during the patent examination process. The latest update is a draft version of Chapter 9: Descriptions, and is now available for public comment. Chapter 9 sets out CIPO’s views on the description requirements of Canadian patent applications. While the MOPOP does not carry the force of law, it reflects CIPO’s interpretation of the patent statute and surrounding jurisprudence and the administrative position that CIPO is likely to take when examining an application.