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USPTO/CIPO reciprocity?
« on: Jun 7th, 2007, 3:33pm »
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I am a U.S. Patent agent.  I attended graduate school in the US, and after finishing my Ph.D. I got recruited by a law firm and have been working here ever since.
 
However, I'm a citizen of Canada.  I would like to go back to Canada and practice there, and am wondering if anyone knows anything regarding reciprocity between the respective offices.  From what I know, if you are a registered Canadian agent in Canada, you can register in the US, and thus represent Canadian clients in the US.  Is there anything equivalent if you are a U.S. agent?  Or am I doomed to have to take the Canadian exam?
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Re: USPTO/CIPO reciprocity?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 9:11am »
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From my limited understanding of the regs, I think you're doomed to have to take the Canadian exam.
 
As an alien residing in the U.S., you can be a USPTO-registered patent agent in the U.S.
 
As a CIPO-registered patent agent, you can represent under reciprocity.
 
But I don't think you can be a USPTO-registered patent agent, living and working in Canada, if you're not a U.S. citizen.
 
BTW, I've been told that Canada requires that you work for a year in a firm before you can take the Canadian exam.  No idea if they'd count your U.S. experience.
 
I could be mistaken.  If nobody else posts a definitive answer, please do let us know what you find out.
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Re: USPTO/CIPO reciprocity?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 10:07am »
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One call to Canadian Patent Office would answer the question?
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