Effectively protecting a business’s intellectual property rights has become an increasingly important element of safeguarding the success of many businesses nowadays. The following is a general overview of the four key areas of intellectual property protection: trade-mark, copyright, patent and industrial design.


The Trade-marks Act defines a trade-mark as a mark that is used for the purpose of distinguishing wares or services manufactured, sold, leased, hired or performed by the owner of a trade-mark from similar wares or services of others.

A person can obtain registration in Canada of his/her foreign registered trade-mark, if the trade-mark has been used or made known in Canada, has been duly registered in its country of origin (which country must be a member of the Paris Convention, which covers most industrialized countries), or is actually used in Canada after the allowance of the application but before registration of the trade-mark....

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