Copyright and intellectual property
Learn about intellectual property, including patents, trade-marks, 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, how it impacts your business and how to secure your IP rights.
Find out about automatic copyright protection in Canada, how to register for a copyright with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for added protection, and how to access the Canadian Copyrights Database.
Get exclusive rights to the words, symbols or designs used to distinguish your goods and services. File for a trade-mark or access the Canadian Trade-marks Database.
Protect the rights to your invention by obtaining a patent, and access the Canadian Patent Database to search over a million patent documents.
- Industrial designs
Find out how to protect an original design applied to a finished product, how to file for an industrial design, and how to access the Canadian Industrial Designs Database.
- Integrated circuit topographies
Did you know that IP protection is available to you for circuit designs used in many different products? Find applicable legislation, as well as online and printable forms of application.
- 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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