What is a patent?

A patent is a right, granted by government, to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention in Canada.

Who We Are

The Patent Office is a part of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and is responsible for granting patents in Canada.

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What we do

The main functions of the Patent Office are to:

  • receive and examine applications for patents and grant patents to qualifying applicants;
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A wealth of technical know-how

There is a gold mine of readily available technical know-how waiting to be used at the Patent Office that is accessible online, including:

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Why apply for a patent?

Applying for a patent is an investment of your time and money.

You can use a patent to make a profit by selling it, licensing it, or using it as an asset to negotiate funding.

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How to apply

Before you apply, consult the Guide to Patents for insight into the process. The patent application tutorial is another helpful reference tool.

Once you're ready, apply for your patent:

Need assistance preparing your application?

Obtain professional assistance from a registered patent agent.

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