IP for Business News – November 2023

Discover the Canadian entrepreneurs reaching new heights using IP

Are you searching for inspiration and strategies from real entrepreneurs dealing with intellectual property (IP)? Check out our success stories to learn from business owners sharing their unique ideas and practical insights on how IP helped them take their businesses to the next level. Read these stories on the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's IP blog.

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IP Insights panel: Consumer products

If you are in the consumer products industry, you may need guidance as you start your research to develop your prototype, connect with manufacturers or prepare your exports. Tune in to this panel discussion (now available on YouTube) featuring InteraXon co-founder, Chris Aimone. He is joined by IP agent, Maya Medeiros, and other experts in IP, financing and standards and regulations, as they discuss business success in the consumer products industry: the lessons learned, key challenges, unwritten rules and what to avoid.

You can also read more about the story behind InteraXon and Muse in our latest blog post.

Canadian IP Voices – Episode 32: How to protect things that aren’t formal IP rights

It takes certain skills to know how to operate your tangible IP assets at their most efficient and showcase their true value. That knowledge is an intangible and unregistrable IP asset. In episode 32 of Canadian IP Voices, we speak with IP litigator Elizabeth Dipchand to highlight the importance of protecting unregistered intellectual assets, managing relationships, documenting agreements and navigating the nuanced landscape where registered and unregistered rights intersect.

Listen to this episode on our Canadian IP Voices page or wherever you get your podcasts!

Unitary Patents

If you're looking to expand your business into Europe, it is crucial to know about the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. Read about the Unitary Patent in our latest blog post to understand how and why the Unitary Patent enhances cooperation between European Patent offices and to help you decide if you should consider applying for a unitary patent.

Upcoming events

Getting started with IP: Trademark
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 on Wednesday, November 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. (EST), 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.

Getting started with IP: Protecting the look
As a consumer, when arriving on the marketplace, what do you see first? What catches your attention? Which products and services are you drawn to? In this live presentation on Wednesday, December 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. (EST), we'll explain how IP rights can have an impact on consumers' opinions and choices. You'll learn the basics of industrial designs and what they can protect. We'll talk about the importance of designs and IP rights, and their relationship with consumers' purchasing habits and the building of a brand.

Past issues of this newsletter are now available online! Read them on our new IP for Business News page.