CIPO celebrates the 40th anniversary of the grant of the 1 millionth patent in Canada

This week we are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, and today is a very special day for CIPO.

40 years ago, we granted the 1 millionth patent in Canada. This event marks an important milestone in the history of science and innovation in Canada.

To highlight this event, a video was produced to emphasize the close relationship between entrepreneurs and patents.

Celebrate with us, the 40th anniversary of the grant of the1 millionth patent in Canada during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and start innovating today.

40th anniversary of the 1 millionth patent in Canada - HTML5 Transcript

(Government of Canada signature and “Canada” wordmark)

(The video starts with an upbeat music that plays throughout)

(Video features CIPO employees on camera. Some employees appear separately and some as a group)

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Chloé, Business Services Branch

Chloé: We're here at Place du Portage, home of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in Gatineau, Quebec.

A Special Operating Agency part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

We are responsible for the administration and processing of intellectual property in Canada, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial designs.

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David, Patent Branch

David: Now you may not be familiar with these terms, but if you're an inventor, an entrepreneur, a designer, an artist, or business owner, chances are you have intellectual property, also known as “IP”.

This week we're celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, but today is actually a very special day for CIPO.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the grant of the1 millionth patent in Canada. YEAH!

(Someone off-camera brings a party horn and David blows in the party horn)

That is an important milestone in the history of science and innovation in Canada.

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Jean, Business Services Branch

Jean: So what exactly is a patent?

A patent is a form of legal protection for a new or improved process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter.

It may protect that new invention you built, which could revolutionize the world.

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Steven, Business Services Branch

Steven: Or maybe it could protect the innovative and unique process your company uses to develop your products, giving you an edge over your competition.

With a granted patent, you get the exclusive rights in Canada to make, use, liscence and sell your invention.

If you have a fantastic product, but lack the equipment to mass produce it, a patent can help.

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Sonja, Programs Branch

Sonja: Canada has come a long way in 40 years. Technology moves so fast, it's incredible.

Every year there are new versions of your favorite smartphone and new features added to cars— it's incredible.

It took 107 years to get to the millionth patent. Today, we have over 1.6 million patents in Canada. That number is quickly rising, and it won't be long before we hit the 2 millionth patent. In fact, last year alone, we received over 37 000 patent applications.

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Marcin, Patent Branch

Marcin: Entrepreneurs and patents are closely connected.

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Caroline, Business Services Branch

Caroline: Entrepreneurs and their ideas help shape Canada. Intellectual property is a tool to help them protect their innovations and creations.

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Jay, Patent Branch

Jay: Celebrate with us the 40th anniversary of the grant of the1 millionth patent in Canada during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and start innovating today.

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Stephanie, Patent Branch

Stephanie: Who knows? You could be the holder of the three millionth patent…

Stephanie, Jay, Caroline and Marcin: or the four millionth…or the five millionth… or the six millionth… or the seven millionth…

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Learn more about patents

Visit Canada.ca/patents and follow us @CIPO_Canada

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