Intellectual Property Policy

About Intellectual Property Policy (IPP)

The Intellectual Property Policy group consists of two directorates: the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate (IPPD) and the Patent Policy Directorate (PPD).

Intellectual Property Policy Directorate (IPPD)

IPPD's role is to advise the Minister of Industry and senior departmental officials on intellectual property matters except for patents – which fall under the responsibility of the Patent Policy Directorate (PPD), and together with other interested federal departments, to develop specific policy proposals and legislative initiatives in these areas. Along with the Copyright Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage, IPPD develops significant policies on copyright matters. IPPD also works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and provides key Canadian representation on intellectual property issues in international fora such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Group of Economies.

For more information:
IPPD Telephone: 613-952-6179
IPPD Fax: 613-941-8151

Patent Policy Directorate (PPD)

PPD's role is to advise senior departmental officials and the Minister of Industry on patent policy matters, and together with other interested federal departments, develops specific policy proposals and legislative initatives. Working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, it also provides key Canadian representation on patent issues in international fora such as the Wold Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

PPD Telephone: 613-952-6492
PPD Fax: 613-952-1980

Marketplace Framework Policy Branch (MFPB)

The Branch contributes to the research on, and development of marketplace framework policies, laws and regulations, so as to ensure a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace that promotes innovation and investment for Canadians.

MFPB Telephone: 613-952-0736
MFPB Fax: 613-941-8151