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What you need to know, grow and compete
What do you want to protect?
Figure out what type of IP you have:
- An invention or an improvement to one—a patent
- Words and design that identify your product or service—a trade-mark
- An original literary, artistic, dramatic or musical work—a copyright
- An original design for a product—an industrial design
- A three-dimensional configuration of electronic circuits—an integrated circuit topography
Protect your IP
Decide if you need an agent or if you can do it yourself
Hiring an agent is not mandatory but recommended when applying for patents, trade-marks and industrial designs because these applications can be complex.
Choose your approach:
- Start with a records search to see if your idea has already been created:
- Get prepared: Read the applicable guide for step-by-step instructions:
- Protect your IP:
Consult our lists of accredited professionals:
- Beware of unregistered patent or trade-mark agents.
- Agent fees are not regulated. Agree on fees with your agent before beginning.
- If you want IP protection in other countries, you have to file these applications separately.
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