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Canada Business Network
Provides Canadian business people with a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.
Canadian Innovation Centre
A not-for-profit organization that helps organizations turn their innovations into market-ready products and services.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Provides SMEs with flexible financing, affordable consulting services and venture capital. BDC supports the needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of growth.
Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA)
Promotes the use and understanding of venture capital in Canada and is committed to providing wide-ranging services and activities to support that goal.
Corporations Canada
Offers incorporation and related services under the Canada Business Corporations Act, including leading edge online incorporation and other e-filing options.
National Research Council: Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
Canada's premier innovation assistance program for Canadian SMEs. NRC-IRAP provides Canadian SMEs with value-added technological and business advice, financial assistance and a range of other innovation assistance.
Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)
A federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved or technologically advanced products, services, or processes.
Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

Awareness resources

Below are links to organizations and content related to intellectual property (IP).


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

    • IP Bank of Speakers Initiative
      The IP Bank of Speakers provides access to more than 200 IP professionals who are ready to deliver an informative presentation emphasizing the strategic value and importance of IP.

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    Association of patent and trademark agents and lawyers concerned with intellectual property issues.


  • American Conference Institute - Intellectual Property
    This site provides business intelligence for senior decision-makers, as well as information on upcoming conferences.

  • Federal Judicial Center
    Under Educational Programs and Materials
    An Introduction to the Patent System (video).
    A 17-minute video for jurors in patent trials with information intended to help jurors understand what patents are, why they are needed, how inventors get them, etc. Look up the title in the inventory of publications and videos.

  • International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI)
    A not-for-profit corporation located in Washington, DC, dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the use of intellectual property as a tool for economic growth, particularly in developing countries.


Asia Pacific Economic Community/Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group (APEC/IPEG)

  • The Public Education and Awareness (PE&A) Resources section has an international database of products for SMEs that raise awareness and knowledge of IP.

  • IP Hall of Fame
    The IP Hall of Fame honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of intellectual property law and practice, and identifies the individuals who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st Century.

  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    • Worldwide Academy
      The academy serves as a centre of excellence in teaching, training and research in IP.

    • Intellectual property in every day life - a virtual tour

      • IP Panorama
        Module 1 Importance of intellectual property for small and medium-sized enterprises
        Module 2 Trademarks and Industrial Designs
        Module 3 Inventions and Patents
        Module 4 Trade Secrets
        Module 5 Copyright and related rights
        Module 6 Patent Information
        Module 7 Technology Licensing in a Strategic Partnership
        Module 8 IP in the Digital Economy
        Module 9 IP and International Trade
        Module 10 IP Audit

Canadian IP resources

Plant Breeders' Rights Office (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
Administers the Plant Breeders' Rights Act and Regulations that provide legal protection for up to 18 years to plant breeders for new plant varieties.
Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP)
The CIPP's mission is to advance research and policy formation of intellectual property and innovation systems.
Copyright Policy Branch (Department of Canadian Heritage)
Responsible for formulating and maintaining an integrated copyright policy for Canada as well as developing a legislative framework for the modernization and enhancement of copyright protection.
Library and Archives Canada: Legal Deposit
Legal deposit is the means by which a comprehensive national collection is gathered together as a record of the nation's published heritage and development.
Copyright Board of Canada
An economic regulatory body empowered to establish the royalties to be paid for the use of copyright works when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration society. The Copyright Board also supervises agreements between users and licensing bodies and issues licences when the copyright owner cannot be located.
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
An independent quasi-judicial body that contributes to Canadian health care. The Board's regulatory function ensures that prices charged by patentees for patented medicines sold in Canada are not excessive. Its reporting function covers pharmaceutical trends for all medicines and the R&D spending by pharmaceutical patentees.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Intellectual Property Rights Crime - Resources
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Life Sciences Gateway – Intellectual Property
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Programs and Services – Intellectual Property
Additional intellectual property resources provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
A national association of intellectual property specialists committed to the protection and promotion of intellectual property in the Canadian economy.

Below are links to organizations and content related to intellectual property (IP).

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International IP resources

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