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Aug 22, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 14/18)
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Practice Notice on Special Characters

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published a practice notice in order to clarify its practice on special characters.

CIPO informs that special characters are those beyond the standard 26 letter Roman alphabet, numerals 0 to 9 and the following characters: & (ampersand), ˚ (degree) and % (percentage). Characters beyond those listed above, such as letters with accents (é, è, ö, etc.) and most Greek characters are considered special characters.

Some special characters cannot be entered in the database, nor can they be reliably reproduced in the Cover Page due to technical limitations.

Special characters appearing in names, titles or any other information that is transcribed into the database will be entered into CIPO's database according to the Special Character Conversion Table.

For more information and to access the Special Character Conversion Table, please click here