WIPO mining book – CIPO chapter

Global Challenges for Innovation in Mining Industries

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to produce a chapter in the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) new open access book, Global Challenges for Innovation in Mining Industries.

This book provides an in-depth global analysis of the innovation ecosystem in the mining sector. CIPO worked with CIGI to develop the chapter, titled Innovation in the Canadian Mining Sector. This chapter examines the importance of patenting in the mining sector from a Canadian perspective and contains interesting facts, including:

  • The mining industry at large is a significant contributor to prosperity for Canadians because it provides jobs, supports communities and attracts investment. In 2015, the mining industry contributed $56 billion to Canada's gross domestic product (approximately 4%).
  • Some of the largest Canadian and international mining companies have chosen to headquarter their companies in Canada, one of the largest producers of minerals and metals.
  • Intellectual property assets are an important component of the Canadian mining sector. Mining is the sixth largest sector in Canada for firms filing patents, and the number of Canadian firms with more than one type of IP asset (patent, trademark or industrial design) is high relative to other sectors in Canada, comparable to Canadian firms operating in the pharmaceutical and transport equipment industries.

To learn more about the book or to find out how to purchase a copy, consult the WIPO news release.

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