Informational seminars offered on a variety of topics related to intellectual property (IP).
Seminars are free, publicly accessible presentations on IP topics ranging from basic knowledge to in-depth, practicable subject matter delivered by Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) employees and in partnership with other IP professionals.
A series of sessions will be delivered in multiple cities across Canada on an ongoing basis throughout the year and through online webinars. Visit this page frequently to be informed when CIPO will be in your area.
Search for our seminar series presentations in our events calendar. Select the date, location and topic of your choice to start the registration process.
Bring your creations to life. Learn why intellectual property matters.
Innovation starts with an idea—your idea. Are you developing your idea into something tangible such as building a brand for your business or creating a product to sell? If so, then you need to know about intellectual property (IP). This seminar will introduce you to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial designs and copyright, and explain how protecting your creations through IP rights can give you an advantage over your competition.
Plan for success. Develop an intellectual property strategy.
Are you looking to get the most out of everything your company produces, including your products and the innovations that make them possible? Are you looking to enter international markets? Developing an intellectual property (IP) strategy will help you strategically grow your business and maximize the value of your IP. This seminar will outline what to consider when developing your IP strategy in order to help you extract value from your IP, protect your business from competitors, gain a competitive advantage, or take your business abroad.
Protect your brand. Why trademarks matter.
Have you come up with a name for your business that's clever, catchy and describes the essence of you and your product? You may have just created a trademark! Everything that sets your business apart—its name, product and service name, slogans, logos and even sound—produces a brand image that your customers come to know. Learn how registering a trademark can protect your brand identity and set you apart from the competition.
Inventing the next big thing. Why patents matter.
Have you come up with the "next big thing"? Whether you are creating cutting-edge technology or improving a well-known product or process, you need to know more about patents. Patents can increase credibility, boost confidence among investors, keep your competitors at bay, and help you profit financially from your creativity. Don't let someone beat you to it! Learn what you can patent and how, in order to stop others from making, using or selling your inventions, and turn your innovations into lucrative business assets.
A special note: if you attend this session and wish to discuss particulars of an invention you are working on, do NOT disclose any specifics during the open session—you'll learn why during the seminar!
It's all in the 'look'. Why industrial designs matter.
Has your keen eye for detail led to the development of a more appealing and innovative design of a product we use every day? If your product's new look stands apart from its competitors you may have a registrable industrial design on your hands! Learn what you can register as an industrial design and how. Your business can gain a marketing advantage by using your protected industrial design. So be creative—get your designs out there for others to enjoy!
A special note: if you attend this session and wish to discuss particulars of a design you are working on, do NOT disclose any specifics during the open session—you'll learn why during the seminar!
Intellectual property protection and enforcement. What are my options?
Are you worried about pursuing a new product or service because you think someone else may steal your idea? The benefit of having intellectual property (IP) laws in place is to be able to foster invention and innovation and minimize the risk of infringement. The focus of this seminar is to learn about the various protection and enforcement strategies available in Canada and some common pitfalls to avoid. The nature and scope of protection provided by each IP right is different. Let our IP advisors walk you through some of the typically used steps to evaluate, detect and enforce your IP rights so you can learn about the costs and benefits associated with different protection and enforcement strategies.
Turning innovation into dollars! Commercialize your intellectual property.
You spent all that time developing a product and growing your brand—so why not make money from it? Intellectual property (IP) commercialization is the process of transforming your IP innovations and creations into commercially viable products or services. Learn about some general avenues businesses take to profit from their inventions. While the focus of this seminar will be on introductory pathways to commercialization, specifically assignment and licensing, more advanced avenues will also briefly be discussed, in addition to some of the most important considerations to keep in mind as you explore ways to extract the value of your IP.
Connecting the dots. Accessing intellectual property resources.
Many of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) new services are designed to boost Canadian companies' knowledge of intellectual property (IP). Learn all about the IP tools and resources CIPO offers as part of their IP awareness and education program that are designed to help Canadian businesses make the best use of their IP, and obtain the timely results they need.
Navigating beyond our borders. Protecting your intellectual property in China.
It may be far, but China is Canada's second largest trading partner and the economic ties between our countries continue to be strengthened and deepened. China can be a lucrative market for your business if you learn to protect your inventions through intellectual property (IP) rights. This seminar will highlight key considerations and differences between Canada and China in the registration process for IP. Learn how to recognize, register and enforce your IP rights in China.
Navigating beyond our borders. Protecting your intellectual property in the United States.
So you've heard that the United States is the most important partner for Canadian companies wishing to do business abroad—but even with our neighbour, there are key considerations to keep in mind before exporting. Exporting to an international market can be an exciting way to expand your business and you just need to take the necessary steps to do it right! This seminar will highlight key considerations and differences between Canada and the United States in the registration process for intellectual property (IP). Learn how to recognize, register and enforce your IP rights in the United States.
Navigating beyond our borders. Protecting your intellectual property in India.
You're a Canadian company ready to tackle the Indian market—but wait! Have you thought about how you are going to protect your company's intellectual property (IP) abroad? IP rights are jurisdictional and there are things you need to consider before taking your inventions to other countries. This seminar will highlight key considerations and differences between Canada and India in the registration and protection process for IP. Learn how to recognize, register and enforce your IP rights in India.
How to protect your IP in international markets.
Do you want to build your business' reputation, gain a competitive advantage and generate revenue? Take your business abroad!
Exporting to international markets can be an exciting way to grow your business. Keep in mind that intellectual property (IP) protection is jurisdictional and you will need to protect your products and services in the countries you wish to do business in.
Bringing your IP to new markets can be complex, and there are risks as well as rewards. In this seminar you will learn how to strategically leverage your IP assets and avoid common pitfalls as you export your creations beyond our borders.