Trademarks and patents

Trademarks

Do you want to protect your company logo? The best way to do that is to register it as a trademark in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  The following information is directly from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website:

  • A trademark is a word(s), design, or a combination of these used to identify the products or services of a person or organization. 
  • Your trademark helps distinguish your products or services from others in the marketplace. 
  • A trademark registration provides evidence of ownership. In a dispute the registered owner does not have to prove ownership. Proof must be shown by the challenger. 
  • Trademarks are valid for 15 years in Canada. After 15 years they must be re-registered.

Register your trademark.

 

Patents

Do you want to protect your invention or intellectual property? The best way to do that is to apply for a patent in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The following information is directly from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website:

  • A patent is a right granted, by government, to exclude others from making, using or selling your invention in Canada.
  • The main function of the Patent Office is to receive and examine applications for patents and grant patents to qualifying applicants.
  • You can use a patent to make a profit by selling it, licensing it or using it as an asset to negotiate funding.

Apply for your patent

 

More questions? CFIB members can speak with a Business Counsellor at 1-888-234-2232 free of charge. 

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