FAQ

  • What is Intellectual Property?
    • Intellectual property (IP) are ideas, designs, and creative works and represents the legal rights of their rightful owner. Proof of ownership can be supported in courts with official registrations as patents, industrial designs, copyright and trade-marks. Learn more on IP.
  • What is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's role?
    • The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) is the authoritative body in Canada for the large majority of IP matters and is responsible for the recording of patents, trade-marks, industrial designs and copyright in Canada. Read more.
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