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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:

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.


Deliver high quality and timely IP products and services to customers, and to increase awareness, knowledge and effective use of IP by Canadians.


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


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:

As proud employees of CIPO:

As an individual:

CIPO Executives

Chief Executive Officer
Johanne Bélisle, Chief Executive Officer: 819-997-1057 (telephone), 819-997-1890 (facsimile)

Corporate Strategies and Services
Pierre Bélisle, 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

PDF version
(5.8 MB, 27 pages)

Business Strategy 2012-2017

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013-2014

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Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report 2012-2013

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.

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