Intellectual assets are what we call "intangible" assets. They include inventions, new technologies, new brands, original software, novel designs, unique processes and much more. These assets have value in the marketplace very much like tangible assets, or assets that you can hold in your hand.
There is valuable information from intellectual property (IP) organizations worldwide. Check out the links below to learn more about IP from around the world:
Explore the links below to gain knowledge about intellectual property (IP):
Guides and tools
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) – IP Diagnosis: Evaluate your needs
- CIPO – IP in Canada
- CIPO – IP inventory checklist
Use this checklist to explore the types of IP you could exploit.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – IP Awareness Assessment Tool
This tool allows you to assess your IP awareness. Following the completion of the assessment, you will receive customized training material.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – What is Intellectual Property? (PDF Version)
- European Patent Office – e-learning centre
Browse through the various training offered by the EPO relating to patents and business.
- European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) – Academy Learning Portal
The online home of the EUIPO learning and knowledge-sharing hub. Browse through the "Quick Links" to find courses and webinars on various trademark, design and IP topics.
- European IPR Helpdesk
The European IPR Helpdesk offers free-of-charge, first-line support on IP matters to beneficiaries of research projects funded by the European Union and European Union small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) involved in transnational partnership agreements.
This is a hub that connects national and regional IP offices, user associations and other IP organizations, which work together to achieve a true trademark and design system in Europe. This means that common practices, services and tools are focused on the needs of IP professionals and rights holders.
Innovaccess is a portal, managed by the EU VIP4SME network, that helps companies and mainly SMEs to recognize the importance of IP and turn intellectual capital into commercial values and competitiveness.
- USPTO – Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA)
The GIPA provides IP training in a variety of different topics that focus primarily on enforcement, patents, trademarks and copyrights. GIPA programs are run on a fiscal calendar from October to September and are conducted around the world.
- WIPO – Academy
The Academy is the center of excellence for IP education and training for WIPO member states, in particular developing countries, least-developed countries and countries in transition. The Academy works to help build human capacity in IP, which is essential to innovation.
- WIPO – eLearning Center
This is a portfolio of courses on IP that cater to different target audiences. Courses combine traditional face-to-face and distance learning methodologies and explain how to stimulate innovation, creativity and development.
- CIPO and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – IP Game
Play an interactive game to discover more about IP and protecting your intangible assets.
- CIPO – IP Case Studies
These teaching tools demonstrate the strategic value of IP to college and university students.
- IP Australia – Case studies
- WIPO – IP Advantage
The case studies in the IP Advantage database offer insights into how IP works in the real world and how its successful exploitation can contribute to development.
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- BDC – IP: How to protect your investments
- BDC – Patents, trademarks and copyright: How to protect your business ideas
- WIPO – Risky business: the five biggest IP mistakes startups make
- CIPO – Newsletters
Stay in touch with the latest developments at CIPO by registering to the free email subscription services that interest you, such as Corporate News, IP for Business News, Canadian Trademark News, Canadian Patent News or Canadian Industrial Design News.
- USPTO – Newsletters
- WIPO – Newsletters
Stay up to date with news and announcements from WIPO in your area of interest.
IP for Business – resources
Find an expert
Find an expert
Need help? You are not alone. Here is a list of intellectual property (IP) experts who can provide you with resources and information to guide you through the application process and advise you on your own IP strategy