Canadian Inventor Organizations

Websites of value to inventors living in Canada.

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

Note: Does a patent in Canada protect rights in other countries? No. Patent laws are national so you must obtain a patent in each country in which you want protection. Did you know that 95% of Canadian patents and 40% of US patents were granted to foreign nationals?

 

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

English/French language 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.

  • Canadian Patent Law
    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 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.

  • Search Engine for Canadian Patents
    This database lets you access over 75 years of patent descriptions and images. You can search, retrieve and study more than 1,400,000 patent documents.
  • International Patent Searches
  • Search Engine for Canadian Trademarks
    The search result(s) will contain the Trade-mark, Status, Application number, and Registration number (if it exists) of the document.

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 specialised agencies of the United Nations.

Support, Funding & Awards - National

  • Industry Canada
    Programs and Services — By Subject
  • Canadian Technology Network
    If you run a small or medium-sized technology related business in Canada, the Canadian Technology Network can give you access to a wide range of technology and related business assistance through a cross-country network of advisors.
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
    IRAP has four main components:
    1. Technology Expertise and Advisory Services
    2. Financial Assistance for R&D activities
    3. Networking
    4. Partnerships
    Canadian enterprises with under 500 employees and industrial associations desiring to enhance their technological capability are eligible for support.
  • Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
    Awards by nomination Canadians who have demonstrated recent innovative talent in developing and successfully marketing a new concept, process or procedure, may be eligible for one of these awards: Principal Award ($100,000), Award of Distinction ($25,000), Innovation Awards (2 at $10,000).

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    Alberta

    • Calgary Innovation Centre
      The Calgary Innovation Centre is a unique mentoring service established to help early stage companies grow revenue, address immediate business problems, and understand which financing options are available to grow their business. The services of the Calgary Innovation Centre are available at no cost to entrepreneurs in the technology sector.
    • Alberta Research Council Services
      Founded in 1921 as a provincial research council, the Alberta Research Council Inc develops and commercializes technology. ARC will perform applied research and development for you on a contract basis or co-venture with you to develop new technologies, earning a return on investment from the commercialization of products and processes. Their strengths are in the agriculture, energy, environment, forestry, health and manufacturing industries. Their investment focus is on technology platforms based on capabilities developed for these industries. ARC hires permanent, temporary, casual and seasonal employees (inventors and engineers).
    • Advanced Education and Technology
      Look under "Technology Priorities" to learn about innovative scientific research, development and application activities happening in Alberta. Other sections include information on scholarships, careers, trades, and more.

      British Columbia

      • British Columbia Institute of Technology
        Provides support and funding for BCIT students and faculty.
      • Innovation Resource Centre
        Provides support to new and established entrepreneurs through both one to one advising as well as workshops and seminars.
      • BC Innovation Council
        Funds a range of programs that support and encourage established and emerging innovators.

      British Columbia Local Community Clubs & Groups

      Manitoba

      • Manitoba Inventors’ Society

      Saskatchewan

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      Québec

      • Monde des Inventions Québécoises
        L'Association des inventeurs du Québec est un organisme sans but lucratif dont la mission est d'aider, encadrer et soutenir les inventeurs québécois, défendre leurs droits et protéger leurs intérêts.

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      Nova Scotia

      • Nova Scotia Innovation Corporation
        InNOVAcorp is a Nova Scotia company that promotes, stimulates and encourages the successful development of technology products and services for emerging entrepreneurs in the life sciences and IT industry. Supporting all of these activities is InNOVAcorp's Corporate Services group. They source new projects, facilitate corporate planning, organize corporate marketing and maintain the corporation's IT architecture.

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