Intellectual Property

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
CIPO is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.  Browse through their resources to discover the type of intellectual property that applies to you.

PATENTS

What are patents?
Find out what a patent is, why it is important to business and inventors and how to file a patent.

Patent Fees
List of fees associated with patents.

A Guide to patents
Browse through a guide designed to be your introduction to patents and patenting procedures.

Patent application tutorial
Use this tutorial to help you prepare a patent application that meets the strict requirements for filing.

Patent agents list
Access a list of registered patent agents that are accepting new clients.

Canadian Patent Database
Search this database for over 2 million patent documents before you start working on an invention.

Global patent protection: Patent Prosecution Highway
Fast-track your patent application in a participating country once another participating country’s IP office has approved your claim.

 

TRADEMARKS

What are trademarks?
Find out what trademarks are, why it is important to business and how to file for one.

Trademark Fees
List of fees associated with trademarks.

Guide to trademarks
Browse through a guide designed to be your introduction to trademarks and the registration process.

Trademark agents list
Access a list of registered trademark agents that are accepting new clients.

Canadian Trademarks Database
Search this database for trademarks before developing your brand.

 

COPYRIGHT

What is copyright?
Find out what copyright is, your rights and obligations under the Copyright Act of Canada and how to file for a copyright.

Copyright Fees
List of fees associated with copyrights.

Guide to copyrights
Browse through a guide designed to be your introduction to copyrights and the registration process.

Canadian Copyrights Database
Search this database for all Canadian copyrights registered as of October 1, 1991.

Licence to play copyrighted music in your establishment
Get licenced by SOCAN so you can legally and ethically play the songs your customers love hearing, while supporting creators of music.

 

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS

What is an industrial design?
Find out what an industrial design is, why it is important to business and how to register for one.

Industrial Design Fees
List of fees associated with industrial designs.

Guide to industrial design
Browse through a guide designed to be your introduction to industrial designs and the registration process.

Canadian Industrial Designs Database
Search this database for registered industrial designs.