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Transfer ownership

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Find out how to transfer ownership of your copyright.



An assignment is the transfer of some or all of your rights to another party. An assignment can last for the entire term of the copyright or for part of it.


A licence gives another party permission to use your work under certain conditions, but you keep ownership and maintain your rights.

Other documents

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will also record other documents that relate to a copyright such as a change of name (if your company name changes) or a security agreement.

Before you file

It is a good idea to become familiar with the Guide to Copyright before you file an assignment, licence or other document. 

How to file your request

You can register an assignment, licence or other document in several ways:

Notice for current deposit account holders

To link your CIPO username to your online deposit account, you must contact the Finance, Integrated Planning and Administration Branch by email or by phone at 819-994-2269.

To set up a new deposit account, fill out our deposit account form and email it to the Finance and Administration Directorate.

System and browser requirements

Please review our system and browser requirements to make sure you have the correct versions.


Get the form

Access the secure grant of interest application form.

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