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Intellectual property and copyright

Protecting your intellectual property, trademarks, copyright and using IP as a business tool.

What is intellectual property (IP)?

Learn the basics of intellectual property and find out how you can protect your brand, innovation or creation.

Intellectual property (IP) as a business tool

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


A trademark can protect a combination of words, sounds or designs used to distinguish your goods or services from those of others in the marketplace. Learn about, search or apply for registration.


A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, such as a product or a process. Learn about, search for or apply for registration.


Copyright provides protection for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical creations. Learn about, search or apply for registration.

Industrial designs

Industrial design registration provides protection for the original visual features of a product. Learn about and search for industrial designs or apply for registration.

Integrated circuit topographies

Integrated circuit topographies (ICT) are three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits found in integrated circuit products or layout designs. Learn about or apply for registration.

Plant breeders' rights

Information on how plant breeders can protect new plant varieties like an inventor protects a new invention with a patent.

Intellectual property databases

Search for trademarks, patents, copyrights, and industrial designs and look up goods and services classification.

For patent and trademark agents

Find out how to become an authorized agent and access guidance and services for IP agents.

Commercialization and licensing opportunities

Get a leg up on your commercialization projects by licensing innovative technologies developed by the government.


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