Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. CIPO is a Special Operating Agency (SOA) and is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property (IP) in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyright. CIPO's mandate is to deliver high quality and timely IP services to customers, and to increase awareness, knowledge and effective use of IP by Canadians.


Service interruption – all applications – (2019-07-15)


Services and information


A trademark can protect a combination of words, sounds or designs used to distinguish your goods or services from those of others in the marketplace. Learn about, search or apply for registration.


A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, such as a product or a process. Learn about, search for or apply for registration.


Copyright provides protection for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical creations. Learn about, search or apply for registration.

Industrial designs

Industrial design registration provides protection for the original visual features of a product. Learn about and search for industrial designs or apply for registration.

IP for business

Whether your business is large or small, it is important to take stock of your IP assets and develop a strong IP strategy.

IP agents

Find out how to become an authorized agent and access guidance and services for intellectual property agents.

New to IP

Learn about the different types of intellectual property: trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyright, and find out how to protect them.

Search IP databases and CIPO content

Search databases and find news, publications, notices, practice notices or other general information.

CIPO Events

Get your questions about intellectual property answered by CIPO at events held across the country.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest updates from the CIPO.

Service interruptions and maintenance schedule

View our maintenance schedule and find out about upcoming service interruptions.

Get a loan for your IP application

Find out how you can get financing for your intellectual property (IP).

Integrated circuit topographies

Integrated circuit topographies (ICT) are three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits found in integrated circuit products or layout designs. Learn about or apply for registration.

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Johanne Bélisle
Johanne Bélisle

Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer


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