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Top 5 IP considerations for entrepreneurs

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur with plans to start or expand your own business? Intellectual property (IP) rights can protect the inventions and creations that drive your business and can help you gain exclusive rights in the market place. For this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week, we will be looking at some important tips to consider when thinking about your business's IP.

Umbra – Modern design meets home décor

In a sea of interior design and home décor brands, Umbra stands out thanks to the originality of its products. Headquartered in Toronto, the home accessories manufacturer boasts an impressive breadth and depth of products, sold through thousands of retailers around the world including in China, Brazil and the Netherlands.

 

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Top 5 IP considerations for entrepreneurs
November 18, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Are you an ambitious entrepreneur with plans to start or expand your own business? Intellectual property (IP) rights can protect the inventions and creations that drive your business and can help you gain exclusive rights in the market place. For this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week, we will be looking at some important tips to consider when thinking about your business's IP.
Umbra – Modern design meets home décor
June 9, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial In a sea of interior design and home décor brands, Umbra stands out thanks to the originality of its products. Headquartered in Toronto, the home accessories manufacturer boasts an impressive breadth and depth of products, sold through thousands of retailers around the world including in China, Brazil and the Netherlands.
Roll Up
April 26, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Secret Jihene Jouini and Vicky Mansharamani, founders of 100 Global Inc. know that being concerned about the environment is a global movement. They also know that our planet is rich with sustainable resources that can help people make better choices. One such resource is bamboo. It grows faster than most trees and in places where many other plants can't.
Clean Valley CIC
April 26, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Clean water is vital for aquafarmers because healthy fish need healthy water. Aquaculture ponds and tanks rely on filtration systems, which often means filtered water needs to be trucked or dumped. So, engineers and scientists at Clean Valley CIC have come up with sustainable solutions by mimicking nature.
Omy Laboratories
April 26, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Omy Laboratories is the result of a passion for the design and production of personalized, natural and 100% vegan beauty care products that don't contain any unnecessary ingredients.
World Creativity and Innovation Day
April 21, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property April 21 is World Creativity & Innovation Day! The theme for this year is "collaboration", and in these uncertain times, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is continuing to work with our clients towards achieving their creative and innovative objectives.
Shades of Gray Indigenous Pet Treats Co. – Taking steps to gain distinctiveness in the marketplace
April 11, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Keri Gray, the owner of Shades of Gray, is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. Her Indigenous-owned company manufactures organic pet treats filled with health benefits from the company's farm products.
Canadian IP Voices: Using someone’s music in business
February 28, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Copyright In episode 11, How to play someone’s music online, we sat down with James Leacock, director of Royalty Collections at the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), to discuss the IP rights, procedures and licences needed to play someone else’s music in a commercial situation.
Filing a patent application: the devil is in the details
February 24, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents In episode 9, Marie-Claude Gagnon, patent examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), provides hints from her experience with the examination process.
How to deal with counterfeit (pirate) copies in the marketplace
February 22, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In episode 6 of IP Voices, you can learn how to deal with pirate copies of products circulating in the Canadian marketplace. Lorne Lipkus, a lawyer known for effective anti-counterfeit enforcement, shares his expertise about counterfeit goods.
Canada's flag: Protecting our heritage
February 14, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks With its iconic red and white maple leaf design, the Canadian flag is one of the most recognizable symbols of our cultural heritage.
Patent illustrations: How your invention comes to life
February 11, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents A blog post about how to apply for a patent, the actions individuals can take to protect their inventions and the role of a patent illustrator.
How to jumpstart intellectual property protection in Canada's artificial intelligence ecosystem
February 10, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In episode 4 of IP Voices, Todd Bailey, chief intellectual property officer at Scale AI, helps us navigate through the complex challenge of building an artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem in Canada that goes beyond just developing this cutting-edge technology. Read on (and listen in) to find out what steps Canadian innovators can take to leverage and protect their AI innovations.
How to stop counterfeit products at the border
February 7, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In episode 3 of IP Voices, Becky Illson-Skinner, senior program advisor and the program and policy lead for the Intellectual Property Rights Program at the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), explains Canada's border enforcement measures to combat counterfeit products and goods entering Canada.
Canadian IP Voices: Protect your IP in Amazon stores
February 3, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In episode 2, "Protect your IP in Amazon stores," Mary Beth Westmoreland, Amazon's Vice President of Brand Protection, talks about what Amazon does to protect sellers and their IP against infringement online, and what new sellers need to know before they start selling their products on the platform.
Canadian IP Voices: What IP agents do
February 1, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In episode 1, "Why use an IP agent?", Louis Martineau, a registered patent and trademark agent at Lespérance and Martineau in Montreal, provides insights on what an IP agent does and how hiring one can help businesses and entrepreneurs file for formal IP rights.
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How innovations get from our universities to market
January 17, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Did you know that our universities and colleges are true incubators of innovation?
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Influencer infringement: Protecting intellectual property online
January 10, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Copyright In the eighth episode of Canadian IP Voices, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's podcast series where we talk about intellectual property (IP), entertainment media lawyer Naomi Zener joins us to discuss how IP rights work to protect creators on social media.
It takes the help of many to build a successful business, and we're here to help every step of the ways
January 4, 2022 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Successful entrepreneurs need to know how to write a business plan, access capital and find expertise and other assistance in order to innovate, identify market opportunities and create an effective market entry strategy. They also need to know how to protect and leverage their intellectual property (IP).
Guard your games: Protecting intellectual property in video games
December 21, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In the fifth episode of Canadian IP Voices, CIPO's podcast series where we talk about intellectual property, lawyer Michael Shortt discusses his personal experiences and explains how IP works in the video game industry.
Makatew Workshops: Building a business around a brand!
December 1, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property, Trademarks On , the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) of Canada hosted the virtual event, Indigenous business and intellectual property: Ensuring the Indigenous economy's continued competitiveness and growth.
Magnet Forensics: Leading the charge on digital evidence software
November 25, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property, Patents, Trademarks In an increasingly digital world, having the most up-to-date digital forensic tools can be challenging for police forces in Canada and around the world.
Birch Bark Coffee Company - Making a difference, one cup at a time
October 29, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property, Industrial designs, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright Many people need a cup of coffee to start their day. For Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, with his love of coffee, he decided to enter the coffee industry with a vision in mind. As an Ojibwe Whitefish River First Nations entrepreneur and a visionary, Mark founded Birch Bark Coffee Company (BBCC).
Four Olympic sports that you did not know were invented by Canadians
August 5, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property, Industrial designs, Patents, Trademarks, Copyright The 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is underway! To mark the occasion, we're highlighting innovations in sports invented and inspired by Canadians. Keep reading to discover some interesting facts and learn about the historic IP associated with these sports.
Cheekbone Beauty: Beauty with a purpose
July 2, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks IP success story on Cheekbone Beauty, a trademarked Canadian company lead by an Indigenous woman with a focus on beauty and on celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Pyrowave – Leading the new generation of plastics
April 23, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property, Trademarks The overuse of plastics and the management of their end of life is a major global environmental issue.
Celebrate World Book & Copyright Day with these Canadian classics
April 23, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Copyright is World Book and Copyright Day! Books can inspire us, make us laugh, cry, and discover new perspectives on life – and copyright is what protects authors as they bring their diverse voices to the world
Vidyard – Building human connections with a robot mascot
April 14, 2021 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks When Michael Litt and Devon Galloway met at the University of Waterloo in 2005, online video-hosting and sharing platforms were in their infancy. Five years later, these engineering graduates built the company that became Vidyard.
Satya Organic Skin Care: A trademark with a purpose
December 4, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property, Trademarks In 2014, Patrice Mousseau, a proud Ojibway entrepreneur from Fort William First Nation, Ontario, created Satya Organic Skin Care from scratch.
Patenting to Fight Pandemics: The Canadian Story
November 5, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office COVID-19, Patents COVID-19 first appeared in December 2019. By March 2020, the virus was spreading around the world with increasing speed, leading the World Health Organization to declare a global pandemic.
National Optics Institute (INO) – Innovation, Intellectual Property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty
June 3, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Blog post about INO's success as a research technology organization, IP recommendations, IP strategies and more.
Design matters in the solar energy business: Morgan Solar
April 26, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Morgan Solar, a Toronto-based company, designed a special solar panel to generate sustainable solar energy while reducing heat and glare coming in through windows.
Using Canadian intellectual property to help fight COVID-19
April 26, 2020 | Sucess stories, COVID-19 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Secret The National Optics Institute (INO) is the largest optics and photonics centre of expertise in Canada and is among the top technological research centres in the world.
Nano One Materials Corp.: Better battery materials for a cleaner and sustainable future
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Nano One, a Canadian technology company based in Burnaby, British Columbia, seized the opportunity to gain a foothold in the battery space by developing new processes to make cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
PRANA: Strong trademarks help make "snacktivism" possible
January 24, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents As Canadians grow increasingly mindful of nutrition, as well as the way their food is produced and packaged, businesses are seizing opportunities in the field. At the forefront of the organic snacks industry is PRANA, a Montréal-based Canadian company selling.
The ALLELES Design Studio: A touch of style and intellectual property for prosthetic devices
December 03, 2019 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property IP story of the ALLELES Design Studio. Based in Victoria, B.C., this Canadian design studio specializes in the design and fabrication of fashionable covers for limb prostheses.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network intellectual property success story
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Jean La Rose, the CEO of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, discusses the importance of intellectual property in business and offers advice to Indigenous businesses.
Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property
December 12, 2019 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property The intersection of the intellectual property (IP) system and the protection of Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions is receiving increasing attention within Indigenous communities in Canada, among government policy-makers and in international trade and policy fora.
Fluid technology against brain trauma
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Hoshizaki's combination of innovativeness, business knowledge, and IP literacy has led to commercialization of this new technology, fully leveraging his patents to achieve it.
Before becoming popular, trademark your brand: HockeyShot
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks Jonathan Thériault, the lead engineer of HockeyShot, says registering a trademark gave them peace of mind to expand in Canada and abroad.
PBSC Urban solutions
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual property Creator of Montréal's bike sharing system (BIXI), this Canadian company designs, produces and sells bike sharing systems all over the world. The eco-friendly system consists of a docking station and kiosk where bikes can be rented by credit card and returned.
Bringing a unique Canadian brand to China
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks North Vancouver sits at the foot of the North Shore mountains, just minutes away from skiing, climbing, and harsh mountain environments.
Leading a new cooking generation: Instant Pot
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The Instant Pot® was created to solve a cooking challenge that busy people face: how to quickly put a healthy, delicious meal on the table after a long day of work or study.
Shield-X Technology: Using patents to prevent concussions
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents Their Shield-X Membrane, for which the team has been granted a patent, is used to mitigate sharp twisting of the head during impact.
Solace Power: Generating smart strategies on IP protection
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Solace Power secured its place in the wireless power transfer market with a well-managed intellectual property strategy.
Spin Master's success in the world of toys
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In today's highly competitive toy industry, finding innovative, fun ways for kids to play is the key to success.
DNA Genotek: Sampling made simple
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property In today's highly competitive toy industry, finding innovative, fun ways for kids to play is the key to success.
World Entrepreneurs' Day
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property What started as a high school science project for Eden Full Goh is now a global non-profit organization benefiting more than 17,000 people around the world.
Michel Dallaire: Over 50 years of Canadian industrial design
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Are you familiar with the BIXI bike, the self-service bike that is available whenever you want, on four continents? The creator behind this innovation is none other than the famous industrial designer Michel Dallaire.
Bleeding Art Industries: Creating cool in the creative industries
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design From creating mind-blowing special effects to designing and manufacturing props, prosthetics and creatures, to content creation, the Calgary-based company is a full-service effects shop and studio.
Famous Five Women of IP
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Sarah McLachlan's enchanting voice and profound lyrics have been haunting our hearts and minds for over 30 years.
Green Beaver's natural ingredient to success
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trademarks Today, thousands of specialty health food stores across Canada and the United States (U.S.) carry the Green Beaver brand.
Crossworks: A cut above the rest
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industrial design Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. is a Canadian diamond manufacturing company whose mission is to create beautiful, sustainable products that are ethically mined, manufactured and sold worldwide.
Protecting the "next big thing" with IP
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Protecting the "Next Big Thing" with IP - a success story.
Crafting a business through IP
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Crafting a business through IP: Lee Valley Tools - a success story
CarbonCure: CO2 in the mix
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property Innovation and IP - CO2 in the mix - a success story
lululemon shares IP best practices
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property lululemon shares intellectual property best practices - a success story.
World IP Day: April 26, 2020
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property The theme of the 2020 World Intellectual Property Day is "Innovate for a Green Future."
The Patent Act: past, present, and future
February 21, 2020 | Canadian Intellectual Property Office Patents A short history of Canada's Patent Act, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.