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What is CIPO?

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) manages another type of intellectual property.

All sorts of people have a stake in intellectual property — business people, inventors, artists, designers, electronic microchip manufacturers, plant breeders and others.

Whatever your particular interest, you'll find the type of intellectual property that applies to you on CIPO's Web site.


Deliver high quality and timely IP products and services to customers, and to increase awareness, knowledge and effective use of IP by Canadians.


To contribute to Canada's innovation and economic success by:


Our leadership and expertise in intellectual property support creativity, enhance innovation and contribute to economic success.

Value Statements

As trusted partners in building an innovative Canadian economy:

As proud employees of CIPO:

As an individual:

Business Strategy

Photo of publication cover - CIPO Five-Year Business Strategy 2017-2022

CIPO Business Strategy 2017-2022
(PDF: 1.5 MB; 22 pages)

Business Strategy 2017-2022

Photo of publication cover - CIPO Business Strategy 2012-2017

CIPO Business Strategy 2012-2017
(PDF: 5.8 MB; 27 pages)

Business Strategy 2012-2017

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017-2018

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Annual Report 2017-2018
(PDF: 5.5 MB; 22 pages)

Annual Report 2016-2017

Photo of publication cover - Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2016-2017
(PDF: 1.82 MB; 18 pages)

For archives of our Annual Report, please contact us.

Client service standards

View our client service standards. Updated

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