On 1 April 2019, Canada joined the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Digital Access Service (DAS) for industrial design applications. This means that submitting priority documents has become simpler and more efficient for industrial design cases. An applicant having a Canadian application with a priority claim based on an application filed in participating jurisdictions, such as the United States, China, India, Korea and Spain, may request that such priority documents be made available electronically to CIPO through DAS. Likewise, Canadian applicants who file first in Canada can request the offices in such countries to obtain the certified copy of the priority Canadian application electronically through DAS. For more information, see CIPO’s news release.
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