Canadian Inventor Organizations

Websites of value to inventors living in Canada

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Who governs and decides intellectual property law in Canada and where can you get intellectual property protection that provides coverage? The answer is CIPO — the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

It's also important to note that patent laws are national so you must obtain a patent in each country in which you want protection. (Fun fact: 95% of Canadian patents and 40% of U.S. patents were granted to foreign nationals.)

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.

The Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) is maintained to ensure that it reflects the latest developments in the Canadian patent laws and practices.

Patent and Trademark Databases

If your idea has ever been patented before, you will not be eligible for a patent. While hiring a professional is recommended an inventor should do at least preliminary search themselves and if capable a complete search. One purpose of a trademark search is to determine if someone has already trademarked your intended mark.

Patent Classification

Patent classification is a numbered filing system that helps manage the huge databases of patents. Patents are assigned a class number and name (not to be mistaken for issue number) based on what type of invention it is. Since 1978 Canada has used the International Patent Classification (IPC) which is maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), one of 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations.