IP for Business News – June 2023

Getting started with IP: Trademarks

What are trademarks? What can they protect and what do I need to know if I'm thinking of registering my trademark in Canada?

In this live presentation, you'll learn the basics of trademarks. We'll talk about the different types of trademarks and what they can protect. We'll explain what to include in your registration application and how avoid some of the most common mistakes when creating a trademark.

On July 12, join us for an interactive presentation with online polls, live questions and answers, as well as videos. For more information or to register, visit CIPO's Eventbrite page.

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Canadian IP Voices – Episode 28: Filing for patents in the United States

It's common for Canadian inventors to file their patents across the border, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In the latest episode of Canadian IP Voices, we look at important questions. Why are Canadian inventions filed in the U.S. first? What are the differences between the two patent systems?

Our guest this episode is Dominique Lambert, patent agent and expert on the relationship between Canadian and American patent systems. She talks to us about provisional patent applications and the distinctions in the filing processes between the two patent offices.

Listen to episode 28 on CIPO's Canadian IP Voices page or wherever you get your podcasts!

Trade name, trademark and domain name: What's the difference?

Choosing the right name for your business is one of the first important decisions you make as a business owner. A name can be as symbolic as a logo or as memorable as an advertisement. Our new blog post reviews the differences between a trade name, a trademark and a domain name, with tips on how to choose a name that will help your business stand out in the marketplace.

Visit CIPO's Intellectual Property Blog page for more content on Canadian intellectual property (IP).

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

On June 27, the UN General Assembly is celebrating Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Day! MSMEs drive community growth and contribute to the local and national economies. The aim is to raise awareness of the role MSMEs play in creating sustainable solutions to global economic issues. CIPO is on a mission to help MSMEs become more resilient and innovative to stay competitive in their industries and endure in times of crisis.

If you're looking to create, grow or customize your IP knowledge and assets to participate in Canada's innovation ecosystem, CIPO has plenty of resources for you in our IP Toolbox.

How do I?…

Looking for advice to better navigate Canada's IP system? These tips should help!

How do I know what kind of IP I have?

You probably already own IP, but do you know which kind it is? Is it a logo, a mobile app, a slogan, a patent, copyright, an industrial design, or a trademark? Use our IP checklist, to explore different kinds of IP, what you should do to protect it, and important facts to consider during the registration period.

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