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Doing business abroad

Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset that can enhance your competitive advantage when you do business internationally. Consider taking steps to protect your IP before you sell products and services abroad.

Discover resources

Discover resources

Exporting to international markets can be an exciting way to grow your business. Keep in mind that IP protection is jurisdictional and you will need to protect your products and services in the countries you wish to do business in.

Exporting your IP – general information

China

Europe

India

United States

World

Tools

Tools

Below are guides and resources around the world about protecting your IP in specific countries or regions. Take a look!

Europe

United States

  • CIPO – Doing Business Abroad: Protecting your IP in the United States – text / PDF (2.6 MB, 12 pages)
  • United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) – IP Rights in the USA (PDF)

China

India

  • CIPO – Doing Business Abroad: Protecting your IP in India – text / PDF (4.09 MB, 12 pages)
  • UKIPO – IP rights in India (PDF)
Find an expert

Find an expert

You can get help and advice on protecting your IP abroad from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the organizations below.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

IP agents

Other experts – by countries

China

India

World

  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – IP Services
    WIPO offers a range of global services for protecting IP across borders and for resolving IP disputes outside the courts.

Other experts – general

  • Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
    GAC manages Canada's diplomatic relations, provides consular services to Canadians, promotes the country's international trade and leads Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance.
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
    EDC is Canada's export credit agency. Its job is to support and develop Canada's export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.
  • Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
    The TCS helps companies navigate international markets. Canadian trade commissioners are located in more than 160 cities worldwide and can provide you with key business insights and access to an unbeatable network of international contacts.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – International growth advisory services
    The BDC's International Growth Program offers a complete solution to help ensure your expansion in the United States or foreign markets.

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