TechSource is an electronic patent system which holds
the scanned images of over 1.5 million patent documents dating back to
1920 and the text version of the documents from 1978.
A word, or design (or combination of these), used to distinguish
the wares or services of one person or organization from those
of others in the marketplace.
Federal legislation governing trade-mark registration in Canada.
A trade-mark agent is a person who advises a client on trade-mark
matters (see also Registered Trade-mark Agent).
A document showing the wares and services identified by
a certain trade-mark along with other information
from a trade-mark file with the Trade-marks
A publication of the Trade-marks Office issued weekly
and containing all approved applications and office rulings.
The law relating to trade-marks.
The office that determines whether an owner is entitled
to the exclusive use of a trade-mark for a specific set of wares or services.
The Trade-marks Office is also known as CIPO's Trade-marks Branch. The
Branch keeps the trade-marks register, which is a record of all trade-marks
registered in Canada. The Branch also discloses information on trade-marks
to increase awareness and provides owners with the information they need
to protect their marks. The Branch examines trade-mark applications for
registration to ensure they meet all the requirements of the Trade-marks
Act. Trade-marks which meet the requirements of the Act are published
in the weekly Trade-marks Journal. If unopposed, the trade-marks may
The exclusive right an owner of a trade-mark has to control
its use in association with the product or service it identifies.
A thorough search of various trade-mark databases, business directories,
telephone directories and the like, to verify that your trade-mark will
not be mistaken for another. It is a form of research that assists in
determining whether your mark fulfils the criteria of the Trade-marks
Act. A trade-mark search also helps you to determine whether your application
has a chance for success and provides peace of mind in order for you
to avoid infringing other people's trade-marks.
Trade secrets are usually formulas, patterns, compilations, devices,
processes, codes, data that are specific to its owner, give him or her
a business advantage over a competitor and are kept secret or confidential.
A trade union is an organization of employees formed for the purpose
of maintaining or improving their rights, privileges and interests for
work related issues.