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Annual Technical Report 2004 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Canada (SCIT/ATR/ID/2004/CA)


Where URLs are requested below, it is preferred that either URLs which are likely to remain stable over time (three years or more) are provided, or home (main) page URLs are provided with a short explanation of how to access the corresponding information.

The expression "industrial designs" covers industrial designs and models. Offices which issue design patents should report their design patent information activities in this series of Annual Technical Reports.


I. Evolution of registration activities


Industrial Design Applications

Year 2000: Residents: 751; Non-residents: 2,665; Total: 3,416
Year 2001: Residents: 640; Non-residents: 2,058; Total: 2,698; % change: -21.1%
Year 2002: Residents: 752; Non-residents: 2,641; Total: 3,393; % change: 25.76%
Year 2003: Residents: 748; Non-residents: 2,951; Total: 3,699; % change: 9.02%
Year 2004: Residents: 636; Non-residents: 3,488; Total: 4,124; % change: 11.49%

Trends or areas experiencing rapid changes with respect to the previous year

Industrial Design Registrations

Year 2000: Residents: 511; Non-residents: 2,250; Total: 2,761
Year 2001: Residents: 479; Non-residents: 2,366; Total: 2,845; % change: 3.04%
Year 2002: Residents: 499; Non-residents: 1,679; Total: 2,178; % change: -23.44%
Year 2003: Residents: 460; Non-residents: 2,130; Total: 2,590; % change: 18.92%
Year 2004: Residents: 564; Non-residents: 2,546; Total: 3,110; % change: 22.15%

II. Matters concerning the generation, reproduction, and distribution of industrial design documents and of secondary sources of industrial design information, i.e., official gazettes


On November 12, 2004 the Industrial Design Division implemented re-engineering changes to update and modernize work processes, practices and procedures. The objective to provide faster turnaround times in the face of increasing demand is now achievable without compromising quality service as a result of these key changes.

The formation of the “Partnership Committee for Industrial Design” was also a major achievement of the re-engineering process. The committee is composed of representatives of the ID Division and the Intellectual Property profession and its mandate is to identify, discuss and resolve problematic issues with respect to industrial design practices and procedures.

Mass storage media and microforms used


Industrial design documents are classified according to the Canadian industrial design classification standard. Ongoing reclassification activities continue to take place in refining the various art classes.

The Locarno classification system is not currently used by CIPO, but will be reviewed as part of the Industrial Design Division’s continuous improvement initiative.

Bibliographic data and processing for search purposes


The Canadian industrial design prior art search file comprises approximately 100,000 registered designs.

Since the launch of ‘DesignPlus’, all designs registered since June 2002 are stored electronically in ‘DesignPlus’. For searching by the public there are ‘DesignPlus’ workstations located in the Client Service Centre search room.

Industrial designs registered prior to June 2002 are stored in paper (including document files and index cards), microfiche and CD-rom formats. They are available for public searching through the Client Service Centre.

The Industrial Design Division maintains a searchable record of registered industrial designs as follows:

Electronic search file: For designs registered since June 2002 in the ‘DesignPlus’ system, this search file includes the application as registered (owner name/address, title, description, agent and/or representative for service in Canada), drawings, and bibliographic data (filing date, priority date, registration date, classification). Registrations are searchable by registration number, title, agent name, owner name, and by class.

Paper drawings search file: For designs registered prior to June 2002, this search file includes the drawings with bibliographic data such as filing date, registration date, classification, title and owner name. The paper drawings are arranged by class according to the Canadian industrial design classification standard.

Microfiche / CD-rom search file: For designs registered prior to June 2002, this search file includes microfiche and CD copies of the registration certificate, the application as registered, assignments and maintenance documents. It is maintained in numerical order by registration number.

Paper correspondence file: This search file includes a complete file document history including prosecution and correspondence. These files are maintained in numerical order by application number.

Index cards: For designs registered prior to June 2002, an alphabetical index card system arranged by owner, assignee and licensee is maintained as a means of obtaining the registration number of a particular design.


The Canadian industrial design prior art search file is updated on a daily basis.


The Industrial Design Division within the Copyright and Industrial Design Branch of CIPO manages the industrial design product line. The primary function is the granting of exclusive industrial design rights and the maintenance of the Canadian Register of Industrial Designs. The Division also provides certified documents for use in civil proceedings and criminal investigations, furnishes information to the public by making the registers accessible, answers detailed questions, distributes information materials, advises on appropriate legislative change, and manages new and revised regulations.

The industrial design search files are located in the Client Service Centre search room at CIPO Headquarters at 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, Québec. K1A 0C9.

Collection management, preservation


The CIPO Internet website was first established in 1995, and has continued with major enhancements since 1999. These enhancements included the use of the website for major consultations on new intellectual property legislation, the posting of new industrial design regulations and office practice notices and the provision of electronic filing services.

The Industrial Design Guide and procedures manual can be found under the Industrial Design link of the CIPO website.

The CIPO Client Service Centre provides general information to clients interested in applying for industrial design registration as well as assisting clients to perform searches in the prior art.

Industrial design examination staff are available to provide additional guidance and assistance to the public interested in searching the prior art.

VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of industrial design documentation and information

There is no mutual exchange of industrial design documentation and information at this time. However, information exchange with respect to classification issues and other matters of mutual interest continue to be exchanged with counterparts from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Discussions are continuing with the USPTO with respect to the potential exchange of registered designs between Offices over the Internet.

VIII. Matters concerning education and training including technical assistance to developing countries


IX. Other relevant matters