Q-697 — Mrs. Wong (Richmond Centre) — With regard to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO):
(a) broken down by end of fiscal year, between fiscal years 2011-12 to 2020-21, how many trademark examiners were (i) employed, (ii) contracted by the CIPO;
(b) what percentage in (a) were employed with a residence within the National Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau, by the end of fiscal years 2015-16 to 2020-21;
(c) broken down by fiscal year, during each fiscal year from 2011-12 to 2020-21, how many trademark examiners were (i) hired, (ii) terminated, broken down by (A) for cause and (B) not for cause;
(d) is there a requirement for bilingualism for trademark examiners, and, if so, what level of other-official language fluency is required;
(e) is there a requirement that trademark examiners reside within the National Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau, and, if so, how many trademark examiner candidates have refused offers of employment, and how many trademark examiners have ceased employment, due to such a requirement in the fiscal years from 2011-12 to 2020-21;
(f) what was the (i) mean, (ii) median time of a trademark application, for each of the fiscal years between 2011-12 and 2020-21, between filing and a first office action (approval or examiner’s report);
(g) for the answer in (f), since June 17, 2019, how many were filed under the (i) direct system, (ii) Madrid System;
(h) for the answer in (g), what are the mean and median time, broken down by month for each system since June 17, 2019;
(i) does the CIPO prioritize the examination of Madrid system trademark applications designating Canada over direct trademark applications, and, if so, what priority treatment is given;
(j) as many applicants and trademark agents have not received correspondence from the CIPO by regular mail and prefer electronic correspondence, does the CIPO have systems in place to allow trademarks examiners and other trademarks staff to send all correspondence by e-mail to applicants and trademark agents of record, and, if not, is the CIPO looking into implementing such system;
(k) when is the anticipated date for the execution of such system;
(l) what is Canada’s ranking with other countries, as to the speed of trademark examination; and
(m) what countries, if any, have a longer period of time between filing and a first office action (approval or examiner’s report) for trademarks compared to Canada?
— Sessional Paper No. 8555-432-697.