Copyright and intellectual property 

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Learn about intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial design and integrated circuit topographies, and how they can protect your business.

  • What is intellectual property?

    Find out what you need to know about intellectual property, and how to secure your IP rights.

  • Copyright

    Find out about automatic copyright protection in Canada, how to register a copyright and how to access the Canadian Copyrights Database.

  • Trademark

    Get exclusive rights to the words, symbols or industrial designs used to distinguish your goods and services from others.

  • Patent

    Protect the rights to your invention by obtaining a patent, and access the Canadian Patent Database to search over 2 million patent documents.

  • Industrial design

    Find out how to protect an original design applied to a finished product and access a database of industrial designs.

  • Integrated circuit topographies

    Did you know that IP protection is available to you for circuit designs used in many different products?

  • Protecting your intellectual property in export markets

    If you plan to export, you should protect your intellectual property in foreign markets.

  • Product licensing

    Learn how to maximize the market potential of your product or that of others.

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