Patent filing in Canada

Canada is a great avenue to harness your Innovation. Below, you’ll find a quick guide for the filing routes, procedures, and fees for Patent filing in Canada.

 Patent Filing in Canada
Patent Filing in Canada

Patent Filing Routes in Canada

In order to get a patent in Canada, there are 3 routes:

1.     Direct Filing with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

2.     International Filing via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

3.     International Filing via Paris Convention

  • Similar to the PCT, the Paris Convention allows simultaneous multi-country filing.
  • Paris Convention has 177 Contracting States and is also administered by WIPO.
  • The granting of a patent in Canada remains under the control of the CIPO.
  • The Paris convention offers a relatively faster route as compared to the PCT and it is more economical.

Patent Filing in Canada (CIPO): Overview

The required set of documents for your patent application is:

  • an application fee
  • If applicable, a small entity declaration;
  • a written indication, in English or French, that a patent is sought;
  • the address of the applicant or of the patent agent (if applicable);
  • the name of the applicant; and
  • a document, in English or French, that describes an invention.

The complete set of documents must include the following information:

  • Formal petition for grant of a patent
  • Abstract of the invention
  • Claim or claims to the invention
  • Any drawings mentioned in the description
  • A biological sequence listing, if applicable, in electronic format
  • Appointment of a patent agent, when required

Filing Options (CIPO)

You can file your application offline with the CIPO or use the e-filing system.

Offline Filing

You can mail your application at the following address:

Commissioner of Patents
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9


Patent Fees: Overview

Type of Fees Standard Small entity
Filing Fee $400 $200
Request for Examination $800 $400
Request for Advanced Examination $500 $500
Final Fee (before grant) $300* $150*
Reinstatement Fees $200 $200

*For each page in excess of 100 pages add an additional $6

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