The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is conducting a public consultation on proposed increases to its fees.
The proposed increase is a 25% jump for most fees that CIPO charges. One notable exception are small entity fees for patents.
CIPO is a government agency and claims that it is only funded through its fee revenues. CIPO projects that it will “run out of authority to spend” by September 2024. In essence, CIPO is claiming that its expenditures will outpace its revenues in the next two years.
CIPO further claims that, for the last 18 years, it has not adjusted its fees for inflation, growth, IT capacity, or demand. It goes on to state that this lack of adjustment has led to CIPO being in the red since the 2017-2018 fiscal year. However, this claim ignores fee increases of at least 25% for trademarks that were introduced in June 2019 together with significant amendments to the legislation.
Complete information on the proposal may be accessed at: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr05037.html
The deadline to participate in the survey is April 29, 2022.