What exists in the mind as an intangible creation.
Industrial Design Office
The office that receives, processes, classifies, searches and examines applications
for registration of industrial designs. The Canadian Industrial Design Office
is known as the Industrial Design Division and belongs to the Copyright and
Industrial Design Branch. The Division also registers assignments, licences
and changes of ownership, and collects fees. Once registered, industrial designs
are publicly disclosed and become part of the register maintained by the Division.
Copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies are all
managed under the direction of the Copyright and Industrial Design Branch.
Industrial design right
In general, it is the exclusive right to use a design. More precisely, it
is the exclusive right to make, import for trade or business, rent or sell
or expose for sale or rent in Canada, any article in respect of which the design
is registered and to which the design is applied.
The visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination
of these features), applied to a finished article of manufacture.
The department of Industry Canada works with Canadians throughout
the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment,
improve Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global
trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.
Federal employees who work in the Client Service Centre of the Canadian Intellectual
Property Office and who provide assistance to the public.
Violation of copyright through unauthorized copying or use of a work or other
subject matter under copyright.
Infringement (industrial designs)
Violation of industrial design rights through unauthorized use of a design.
Infringement (integrated circuit topographies)
Violation of the integrated circuit topography rights by reproducing a protected
topography or any substantial part of one; manufacturing an integrated circuit
product incorporating the topography or a substantial part of one; importing
or commercially exploiting a topography or a substantial part of one, or of
an integrated circuit product that embodies a protected topography or a substantial
part of one; importing or commercially exploiting an industrial article which
incorporates an integrated circuit product that embodies a protected topography,
or a substantial part of one.
Violation of patent rights through unauthorized use, making and or selling
of the patented invention.
Violation of trade-marks owners' rights through unauthorized use of a trade-mark.
Violator of intellectual property rights.
A development or an improvement is considered ingenious if it is not obvious
to workers of average skill in this area of technology.
An order by a Court instructing a person to stop or start doing a particular
The assets of a company that are saleable but not material or physical as
the tangible assets are.
What exists in the mind and is not yet developed into a tangible creation.
Integrated Circuit Topographies
The three-dimensional configuration of the electronic circuits embodied in
integrated circuit products or layout designs.
Integrated circuit topography document
A document showing drawings of the three-dimensional configuration of the
electronic circuits used in microchips and semiconductor chips along with other
information from an integrated circuit topography file with the Integrated
Circuit Topography Office.
Integrated Circuit Topography Office
The office registering integrated circuit topographies. The Canadian Integrated
Circuit Topography Office belongs to CIPO's Copyright and Industrial Design
Branch. Copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies
are all managed under the direction of the Copyright and Industrial Design
Integrated circuit topography rights
Canada's integrated circuit topography legislation protects the original design
of a registered topography, whether it has been embodied in an integrated circuit
product or not. More precisely, the legislation permits owners of registered
topographies to exclude others from: reproducing a protected topography or
any substantial part of one; manufacturing an integrated circuit product incorporating
the topography or a substantial part of one; importing or commercially exploiting
a topography or a substantial part of one, or of an integrated circuit product
that embodies a protected topography or a substantial part of one; importing
or commercially exploiting an industrial article which incorporates an integrated
circuit product that embodies a protected topography, or a substantial part
It is the sum of an organization's ideas, inventions, technologies,
brands, general knowledge, software, designs, processes, etc. i.e., knowledge
that can be converted into profit.
A violation of intellectual property rights while they are in force. See also
Infringement (patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
The intellectual property association in Canada to which nearly all registered
patent agents, registered trade-mark agents and lawyers specializing in intellectual
Intellectual property (IP)
Very broadly, means legal rights that result from intellectual activity in
the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields.
Intellectual property assets (IP assets)
Those intangible assets that may be protected by formal legislation (e.g.
patents, trade-marks, industrial designs, copyrights, integrated circuit topographies,
plant breeders' rights) or that are provided national and international value
(e.g. know-how, trade-secrets).
Intellectual property laws (IP laws)
The group of laws relating to different types of intellectual property rights.
Intellectual property lawyer (IP lawyer)
A lawyer advising or representing clients on intellectual property issues
or court proceedings.
Intellectual property licence (IP licence)
It is the formal agreement to transfer a portion of the intellectual property
rights from the owner called licensor to another party called licensee. The
grant of a licence implies the agreement of the intellectual property owner
not to enforce his/her intellectual property rights against the licensee.
Intellectual property ownership (IP ownership)
Ownership of a type of intellectual property obtained as result of a grant
or registration or through an assignment.
Intellectual property protection (IP protection)
The protection involving the possibility of enforcing the intellectual property
rights by the intellectual property owner with the help of the legal system.
Intellectual property rights (IP rights)
Intellectual property rights, whether in the form of patents, trade-marks,
copyrights, industrial designs, integrated circuit topographies, or plant breeders'
rights reward this intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary
and artistic fields.
Intellectual property search (IP search)
Search of different intellectual property documents (e.g. patent, trade-mark,
copyright or industrial design documents).
or Canadian Patent Classification
Detailed classification systems of patent documents that help people to retrieve
relevant patent information. Canadian patent documents filed prior to October
1,1989, are classified according to the Canadian Patent Classification system.
Patent documents filed on or after October 1,1989, are classified and searchable
according to the International Patent Classification (IPC) system.
Integrated trade-mark electronic processing of information and designs.
To be patentable, an invention must be a development or an improvement that
would not have been obvious beforehand to workers of average skill in the technology