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Intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) is a creation of the mind. IP includes inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, and names and images used in business.

Copyright provides protection for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical creations.

Industrial designs

Industrial design registration provides protection for the original visual features of a product.

Integrated circuit topographies

Integrated circuit topographies refer to the three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.


A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, such as a product or a process.


A trademark can protect a combination of words, sounds or designs used to distinguish your goods or services from those of others in the marketplace.


CIPO is a part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. We are a special operating agency and are responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of IP in Canada.

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