CIPO and the Trade Commissioner Service to promote Canadian intellectual property protection abroad

News release

January 10, 2024 – Gatineau, Quebec – Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) continue to collaborate on promoting the awareness and use of intellectual property (IP) among Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academia and innovators.  

On January 9, 2024, CIPO and the TCS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the goals of: 

  • Developing digital and virtual educational content and tools to help Canadian SMEs identify, protect and manage IP effectively when doing business abroad;

  • Strengthening and deepening key partnerships through the IP Village and with industry and academia in a strategic manner to better inform and support exporting SMEs and underrepresented groups as they seek support on IP-related issues; and

  • Developing a data-driven and evidence-based approach to ensure higher impact of IP program delivery.

CIPO and the TCS first established this MOU in 2019 and have had a long collaboration in promoting IP protection among Canadian SMEs. Following the signing on January 9, the renewed MOU will be in effect for five years.

Both organizations are also focused on working together to advance the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting the protection of Canadian IP in foreign markets. 


"The role of IP is critical in the international expansion of any business. In this regard, CIPO is excited to continue working with the TCS to help Canadian SMEs protect their IP abroad."

- Konstantinos Georgaras, CIPO's Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer

 "Thanks to our partnership with CIPO, the Trade Commissioner Service is better equipped with the necessary tools and resources to ensure that Canadian exporters can succeed in international markets while protecting their IP. We look forward to continuing our collaboration."

- Sara Wilshaw, Canada's Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada

Quick facts

  • CIPO and the TCS are both partners in the IP Village, a collaboration between 6 key Canadian organizations that aims to help Canadian businesses better understand how to use IP more effectively.

  • CIPO has published 10 Doing Business Abroad guides that provide a wealth of information, tips and links to help Canadians protect their IP rights in various foreign markets. 


Media Relations 
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 

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Global Affairs Canada 

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