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Filing an international application

Taking your business around the world? You may want to seek international intellectual property (IP) protection for your creation. Consider filing one application through the international systems.

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Learn how the various systems of international protection work and how you can file your single application to take your creations abroad.

International protection – general information

Rather than filing national applications in many languages, you can, thanks to the systems of international protection, file a single application in one language and pay one application fee.

Patents – Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international treaty administered by WIPO. By filing an international patent application under the PCT, you can seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries.

Trademarks – Madrid Protocol

The Madrid Protocol is an international registration system that offers the possibility of obtaining protection for trademarks in a number of countries through a single international application filed with the International Bureau of WIPO.

Industrial designs – Hague System

The Hague System provides a mechanism for acquiring, maintaining and managing design rights in multiple countries through a single application filed with WIPO.




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These IP experts may help you better understand the international IP filing process:

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

IP agents

Other experts

  • 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.


  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Country profiles
    These profiles provide quick access to the information for each country in multiple WIPO databases.
  • WIPO – IP Services
    WIPO offers a range of global services for protecting IP across borders and for resolving IP disputes outside the courts.
  • WIPO – Website

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