If your business creates or manufactures a specialized product, performs a specialized service or has a distinctive brand name or logo, you should consider protection under federal patent, trademark, industrial design or copyright laws.
Intellectual property (IP) includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies (layouts of microchips). IP ownership may also be useful when approaching financial institutions for business loans. To protect your IP rights in Canada, it is recommended that you establish ownership with the Canadian Intellectual property Office (CIPO).
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage, Phase 1
50 Victoria Street
Hull, QC K1A 0C9