#SMEPME Twitter Chat — Boost your patents IQ

In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Canada Business Network is hosting a Twitter chat with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) on November 19, 2015 about the basics of patents and how they can be used as a business asset. CIPO will also present general information about how a patent application is processed.

The Canada Business Network (CBN) provides Canadian entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on federal and provincial/territorial government services, programs and regulations. Small business owners are not always aware of the need for a patent and how to go about applying for one, so our guest will answer your questions about patents.

Christine Teixeira from CIPO will discuss patents and how they can be used as a tool for small business. Some of the topics will include the application process and the importance of protecting your innovation. Christine is the project coordinator for patent examination practices. She joined CIPO 11 years ago as a patent examiner in the Biotechnology Division. Previously, Christine worked as a research scientist for Canadian pharmaceutical companies.

CIPO is an agency of Industry Canada, responsible for the administration and processing of intellectual property in Canada (trademarks, patents, copyright, and industrial designs).

Join the live discussion by using and following the hashtag #SMEPME.

Event Details

Type: Live discussion on Twitter
Topic: Boost your Patents IQ
Date: Nov. 19, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. EST
Hashtag: #SMEPME

Twitter chat participation guidelines

1. This Twitter chat is being conducted in accordance with the CBN's Social Media Terms of Use. Please read them carefully prior to joining in on the chat.

2. During the Twitter chat, CIPO will only answer questions on the basics of patents and how they can be used as a business asset. CIPO will not answer questions about specific patent applications, about Patent Legislation or any upcoming legislative changes or amendments. Replies will be posted in the same language as the original tweet. Tweets will not be duplicated in the other official language. For those who want a translation of a specific tweet, you can send your request to opic-cipotwitter@ic.gc.ca

3. CIPO cannot respond to questions about specific products, services or situations.

4. For your safety and security, please do not provide personal information during the chat. This includes any information that can identify you, such as a phone number, address or email.

5. Depending on the volume of tweets received, the CBN and CIPO may not be able to respond to all tweets.

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