Intellectual property as a business tool

How to develop your IP strategy, protect your IP internationally and use competitive intelligence.


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Why does intellectual property (IP) matter to your business?

Whether your business is large or small, it is important to take stock of your intellectual property (IP) assets and develop a strong IP strategy.

Stand out from your competitors

Learn about the competitive advantages of protecting and exploiting your intellectual property.

Intellectual property for exporting businesses

Registering intellectual property in Canada provides protection only in Canada. Similar protection must also be sought in targeted export markets.

Intellectual property (IP) business intelligence

Find out how to use intellectual property data as strategic business intelligence. You can learn about innovations in your field, potential partnerships or competitors, changes in market conditions and more.


Get your questions about intellectual property answered by CIPO at events held across the country.

Intellectual property (IP) bank of speakers

Need a speaker on intellectual property for your event for Canadian businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs? Find out how to request a speaker from CIPO for free.

Work with an intellectual property (IP) agent

Trademark agents and patent agents registered on our list are recognized as being Canadian intellectual property professionals.

Combatting counterfeit products

As a Canadian trademark or copyright owner, you can request assistance from the government in identifying and detaining counterfeit or pirated products.

Managing intellectual property in defence and marine procurement

Foundational principles for managing intellectual property.

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