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Doing business abroad
Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset that can enhance your competitive advantage when you do business internationally. Consider taking steps to protect your IP before you sell products and services abroad.
Exporting to international markets can be an exciting way to grow your business. Keep in mind that IP protection is jurisdictional and you will need to protect your products and services in the countries you wish to do business in.
Exporting your IP – general information
- Canada Business Network – Protecting your IP in export markets
- Canada Business Network – Exporting
- Canadian Trade Commissioner Service – Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad.
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) – Import/export
- CIPO – IP for Exporting Businesses
- Government of Canada – International trade and investment
- Patents – National Intellectual Property Administration
- Trademarks – Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce
Below are guides and resources around the world about protecting your IP in specific countries or regions. Take a look!
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) – Doing Business Abroad: Protecting your IP in the European Union – text / PDF (3.3 MB, 12 pages)
- European Patent Office – How to get a European patent
- European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) – Route to registration (trademarks)
- EUIPO – Route to registration (designs)
- IPR Helpdesk – Your Guide to IP in Europe (PDF)
- IPR Helpdesk – European patent chart (PDF)
- CIPO – Doing Business Abroad: Protecting your IP in the United States – text / PDF (2.6 MB, 12 pages)
- United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) – IP Rights in the USA (PDF)
- CIPO – Doing Business Abroad: Protecting your IP in China – text / PDF (2.2 MB, 12 pages)
- IP Australia – IP protection in China
Find an expert
Find an expert
You can get help and advice on protecting your IP abroad from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the organizations below.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Other experts – by countries
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – IP Services
WIPO offers a range of global services for protecting IP across borders and for resolving IP disputes outside the courts.
Other experts – general
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
GAC manages Canada's diplomatic relations, provides consular services to Canadians, promotes the country's international trade and leads Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance.
- Export Development Canada (EDC)
EDC is Canada's export credit agency. Its job is to support and develop Canada's export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.
- Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
The TCS helps companies navigate international markets. Canadian trade commissioners are located in more than 160 cities worldwide and can provide you with key business insights and access to an unbeatable network of international contacts.
- Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – International growth advisory services
The BDC's International Growth Program offers a complete solution to help ensure your expansion in the United States or foreign markets.