About Us

What is CIPO?

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include:

  • Patents cover new inventions (process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter), or any new and useful improvement of an existing invention;

  • A trademark is a word (or words), a design, or a combination of these, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization and to distinguish these goods or services from those of others in the marketplace.

  • Copyright provide protection for artistic, dramatic, musical or literary works (including computer programs), and three other subject-matter known as: performance, sound recording and communication signal;

  • Industrial designs are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination of these features), applied to a finished article of manufacture;

  • Integrated circuit topographies refer to the three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) manages another type of intellectual property.

All sorts of people have a stake in intellectual property — business people, inventors, artists, designers, electronic microchip manufacturers, plant breeders and others.

Whatever your particular interest, you'll find the type of intellectual property that applies to you on CIPO's Web site.

Vision, Mission and Values


To contribute to Canada's innovation and economic success by:

  • Providing greater certainty in the marketplace through high-quality and timely IP rights;
  • Fostering and supporting invention and creativity through knowledge sharing;
  • Raising awareness to encourage innovators to better exploit IP;
  • Helping business compete globally through international cooperation and the promotion of Canada's IP interests; and,
  • Administering Canada's IP system and office efficiently and effectively.


Our leadership and expertise in intellectual property support creativity, enhance innovation and contribute to economic success.

Value Statements

As trusted partners in building an innovative Canadian economy:

  • We serve with excellence and efficiency in all that we do;
  • We make timely and sound decisions on IP rights; and,
  • We respect the perspectives of stakeholders while carrying out our regulatory function.

As proud employees of CIPO:

  • We perform our duties in a manner that preserves and builds on CIPO's good reputation and credibility;
  • We work collaboratively;
  • We act as ambassadors of IP; and
  • We are committed to continuous improvement and learning.

As an individual:

  • I respect my fellow employees;
  • I value diversity; and
  • I appreciate the ideas and contributions of other employees.
CIPO Executives

Chief Executive Officer
Pierre R. Bélisle, Acting Chief Executive Officer: 819-997-1057 (telephone), 819-997-1890 (facsimile)

Corporate Strategies and Services
Konstantinos Georgaras, Acting Executive Director: 819-994-2828 (telephone), 819-997-1890 (facsimile)

Patent Branch
Agnès Lajoie, Acting Commissioner of Patents and Assistant Commissioner of Patents: 819-997-2949 (telephone), 819-994-1989 (facsimile)

Patent Appeal Board
Jek-Hui Sim, Acting Chair: 819-997-4594 (telephone), 819-953-2476 (facsimile)

Trademarks Branch
Annie Crousset, Acting Registrar of Trademarks and Director General: 819-953-4600 (telephone), 819-953-2476 (facsimile)

Trademarks Opposition Board
Darlene Carreau, Chair: 819-997-2469 (telephone), 819-953-2476 (facsimile)

Copyright and Industrial Design Branch
Mesmin Pierre, Director: 819-994-4600 (telephone), 819-997-6357 (facsimile)

Programs Branch
Martin Cloutier, Director General: 819-934-9133 (telephone), 819-953-5059 (facsimile)

Business Services
Louise Baird, Senior Director: 819-953-3293 (telephone), 819-953-6004 (facsimile)

For general information on intellectual property please contact the Client Service Centre.

Business Strategy

Photo of publication cover - CIPO Business Strategy 2012-2017

CIPO Business Strategy 2012-2017

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(5.8 MB, 27 pages)

Annual Reports

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Annual Report 2013-2014

Photo of publication cover - Annual Report 2012-2013 - A Year of Discovery

A Year of Discovery

For archives of our Annual Report, please contact us.