The majority of lawyers at Riches McKenzie and Herbert LLP are registered Patent Agents who are authorized by industry Canada to practice before the Canadian Patent Office.
In addition to a degree in law, each of our lawyers possess an undergraduate University degree or extensive practical experience in a technical specialty. As a result, our patent professionals are uniquely able to assist foreign patent attorneys and Canadian inventors in securing patent protection, and assessing questions of patent infringement and validity across a variety of technical fields.
Canada grants patent rights on a first-to-file basis. As such it is advantageous for an applicant to file for patent protection as early as possible. Irrespective, to avoid statutory bars, it is essential that any Canadian patent be filed in Canada within twelve (12) months of the inventor, or persons learning of the invention from the inventor, first making the invention available to the public anywhere in the world.
Although it is possible to claim priority to a patent application first filed in a foreign country up to twelve (12) months earlier, a claim of priority to an earlier application will not extend the twelve month disclosure grace period.
Specialization By Industry
The patent attorneys at Riches, McKenzie and Herbert LLP have a wide variety of technical backgrounds and experiences. Ranging from aeronautical engineering to pharmacy and genetics, our legal professionals are well suited to knowledgeably assist inventors with inventions across a number of different scientific fields including:
For more than 120 years Riches McKenzie and Herbert LLP has assisted innovators and major corporations throughout the world in securing patent protection to emerging technologies.
Requirements to File Patent Applications in Canada
B. DOCUMENTS - REGULAR FILED NON-PCT APPLICATIONS
C. DOCUMENTS - PCT FILED APPLICATIONS
In addition to the Information under Section A, to enter the national phase of a PCT application in Canada we require:
*WE RECOMMEND AGAINST CLAIMING SMALL ENTITY STATUS IN CANADA
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