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Canada: Intellectual Property Documentation

The following is a detailed list of Canadian patent documentation held within the British Library's intellectual property collection. 

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.


Canadian Intellectual Property Office


Patent specifications

1990 - to date
Applications (A specs):2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 1999 - 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 2000001 - 2269842 (some gaps)MicroformIP Reserve North
Granted (C specs):2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 2000 - 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 2000001 - 2271931MicroformIP Reserve North
1869 - 1990
Granted:1051601 - end of seriesMicroformIP Reserve North
 445931 - 1051600PaperIP Reserve North (015268649)
(1 - 445931 are not held.  Illustrated abridgements were published in the official journal from patent number 1645, published in 1873, onwards)
1824 - 1869
Specifications1 - 489PaperIP Reserve South
(These specifications are very short, often only a single paragraph.  They were collected in two bound volumes, one for 1824 - 1849 and one for 1849 - 1854, each of which contains a name index and alphabetical title list for those which it contains.  The remaining specifications in the series, 490 - 3325, are not held.)

Patent databases

Canadian Patents Database (status and specifications)bibliographic data 1869 - to date
full documents 1920 - to date
Canadian Patents 1869 - 1919 (scanned manuscript specification, full claimed date range currently not available)1869 - 1894Online

Indexes and abstracts

Canadian Patent Office Record (abridgements in numerical order, name and title indexes bound in until 19041873 - 1976PaperIP Reserve South
Canadian Patent Office Record Index (name indexes and, until 1967, alphabetical title lists)1905 - 1998PaperIP Reserve South
List of Patents (includes first series 1824 - 1869 and second series until start of official journal in 1873)1824 - 1872PaperIP Reserve South
Classified Patent Lists1869 - 1986 cumulatedMicroformIP Reserve North
Derwent World Patent Abstracts1975 - 1998PaperIP Reserve North

Official Journals

Canadian Patent Office Record1999 - to dateOnline
 1873 - 2003PaperIP Reserve South
Annual Index to CPOR (cross-reference of numbers and publication dates only)1999 to dateOnline

Legal decisions

Institute of Canada Patent and Trade Mark Newsletter1967 - 1986PaperIP Reserve South
(Main legal decision journal since 1952 is Canadian Patent Reporter, shelved in Business & IP Centre at (P) BM00 - E(1))

Miscellaneous patent publications

Annual Report2010 - to dateOnline
 1919 - 2002 (some gaps)PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Scheme1985, 1990MicroformIP Reserve North
Patent Classification (loose-leaf)1952 - 1984PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Superseded Sheets1952 - 1980PaperIP Reserve South
Alphabetical Index to Classification1979 - 1980, 1986PaperIP Reserve South

Trade Marks

Trade Mark DatabaseAll registered 1979 - to date, all in force, some older expired marksOnline
Trade Marks Journal1954 - 2000PaperIP Reserve South
Directory of Canadian Trade Marks1995PaperIP Reserve South
(Trade marks were included in the main official journal from 1888 to 1953.)

Registered Designs

Industrial Designs Database1861 - to dateOnline
(Design information was included in the main official journal from 1900 to 1960)

Old Newfoundland intellectual property system

Newfoundland Royal Gazette (includes patent notices)1904 - 1939PaperIP Reserve South
Lists of Letters Patent1851 - 1951PaperIP Reserve South
Lists of Trade Marks1890 - 1949PaperIP Reserve South