International Agenda

CIPO is actively engaged with foreign IP offices and international organizations to address intellectual property issues and share information on IP best practices and policies.


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), founded in 1989, is the premier forum dedicated to promote economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 1996, the APEC Intellectual Property Experts Group (IPEG) was created to coordinate and undertake work related to intellectual property rights (IPRs).

CIPO coordinates and leads Canadian participation in the IPEG to develop alliances with other IP offices from the Asia-Pacific region.

The purpose of the Group's meetings is to:

  • Deepen the dialogue on intellectual property policy.
  • Survey and exchange information on the current status of IPR protection and administrative systems.
  • Study measures for the effective enforcement of IPR.
  • Fully implement the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
  • Facilitate technical cooperation to help economies implement TRIPS.

CIPO-WIPO Workshop

CIPO hosts and delivers an annual CIPO-WIPO Executive Workshop on the Management Techniques in the Delivery of Intellectual Property Services for senior officials from developing countries.

The objectives of the one-week workshop are to:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills in the area of management techniques in the delivery of intellectual property services.
  • Improve the capacity of intellectual property officials.
  • Provide participants with first-hand experience of the nature and scope of Canada's IP expertise, products and services.
  • Provide a forum to exchange ideas and experiences with officials from other IP offices.

Multilateral and Bilateral Meetings

CIPO has increased bilateral dialogue with other Intellectual Property Offices to exchange information on best practices and discuss recent developments in IP.

Our IP Partners' Offices:

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Created in 1967, its mission consists of:

  • Developing international IP laws and standards
  • Delivering global IP protection services
  • Encouraging the use of IP for economic development
  • Promoting a better understanding of IP
  • Providing a forum for debate

Canada is one of the 184 Member States of WIPO, and contributes and participates in the strategic direction and activities of WIPO.

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