Get the right intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Almost all businesses have some kind of IP, whether it is a brand, a design, an invention or a trade secret. IP is a valuable asset that can enhance your competitive advantage by giving you options: IP can be sold, licenced or traded.

Which kind of IP do I have and how can I protect it?

Patent? Trademark? Copyright? Industrial design? If you’re not sure which type of intellectual property (IP) you have, you can learn it here.

Different kinds of IP

Find out more about the different types of intellectual property.

How to manage confidential information (3:55 minutes)

In this video, you will learn more about what should be treated as confidential and how it should be managed. Catherine Geci, Technology Partnership Officer at the University of Ottawa, works closely with researchers and student entrepreneurs and knows how important it is to manage confidential information.

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