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IP Basics Quiz

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Patent

  1. Which invention is Canadian?
    • Insulin

      Yes, but try again!

    • The Zipper

      Yes, but try again!

    • Light Bulb

      Yes, but try again!

    • All of the above

      Correct!
      Sir Frederick Banting and John Macleod were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 for their discovery of insulin.
      The "automatic continuous clothing closure," now known as the zipper, was first conceived by Elias Howew, in 1851.
      In 1874, Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans patented the first electric light bulb, after having tested it successfully in Toronto. They subsequently sold the patent to Thomas Edison.

  2. Which item would you be able to patent?
    • A literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work

      Sorry, try again!

    • A scientific or mathematical discovery or theory

      Sorry, try again!

    • A technological advancement

      Correct!

    • All of the above

      Sorry, try again!

  3. You may mark your invention "Patent Pending" after you have filed your patent application. This phrase legally prevents others from using your invention as their own.
    • True

      Sorry, try again!

    • False

      Correct!
      You may mark your invention "Patent Pending" after you have filed your application for a patent; however, this phrase has no legal effect, but may warn others that you will be able to enforce your exclusive right to make the invention once a patent is granted.

  4. Patents are granted for products, processes, machines or compositions that are:
    • Novel

      Partly correct, try again!

    • Useful

      Partly correct, try again!

    • Inventive

      Partly correct, try again!

    • All of the above

      Correct!
      Patents are granted for products, processes, machines or compositions that are novel, useful, and ingenious (first in the world, functional and not obvious beforehand)

  5. What percentage of new patents are improvements to existing patented inventions?
    • 25%

      Sorry, try again!

    • 50%

      Sorry, try again!

    • 75%

      Sorry, try again!

    • 90%

      Correct!
      The large majority of granted patents are for new and useful improvement of existing inventions, as opposed to new (first in world) inventions.

Trademarks

  1. What common trademark is owned by TDL Group Corp. and is the first morning stop for many Canadians?
    • See Answer

      Tim Hortons which was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario.

  2. Registering a trademark in Canada provides exclusive rights:
    • in the local regions where a trademark is marketed

      Sorry, try again!

    • in the province(s) only where a trademark is distributed

      Sorry, try again!

    • across Canada

      Correct!

    • Internationally

      Sorry, try again! For international registrations, you would have to register a trademark with each country in which you wish to protect it.

  3. A registered trademark in Canada is renewable after how many years?
    • 10 years

      Correct!
      A registration is valid for 10 years and is renewable every 10 years.

    • 15 years

      Sorry, try again!

    • 20 years

      Sorry, try again!

    • 25 years

      Sorry, try again!

Industrial Designs

  1. Which of the following Canadian companies holds an industrial design registration?
    • Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.

      Yes, but try again.

    • Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

      Yes, but try again.

    • BlackBerry Limited

      Yes, but try again.

    • All of the Above

      Correct!

      Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. has over 200 industrial design registrations. Lee Valley Tools Ltd. has over 30 registrations. BlackBerry Limited has over 240 registrations.

  2. Which of the following is the subject of a registered industrial design?
    • Golf Ball

      Yes, but try again.

    • Fishing Lure

      Yes, but try again.

    • Snowmobile

      Yes, but try again.

    • Hockey Stick

      Yes, but try again.

    • All of the above

      Correct!

      Industrial design relates to the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or a combination of these applied to a finished article. There are over 100 registrations for golf balls and golf ball related articles. There are over 100 registrations for fishing lures and fishing lure related articles. There are over 150 registrations for snowmobiles and snowmobile related articles. There are over 70 registrations for hockey sticks and hockey stick related articles.

  3. What is the difference between an industrial design and a patent?
    • See Answer

      Industrial designs relate to the appearance of a manufactured article or a portion of an article.
      Patents relate to new inventions (process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter), or any new and useful improvement to an existing invention.

Copyright

  1. Registration is a requirement for copyright protection.
    • True

      Sorry, try again!

    • False

      Correct. Copyright exists automatically when an original work is created. Although registration is not required, a certificate of registration is evidence that copyright subsists and that the person registered is the owner of the copyright.

  2. What types of works are protected by copyright?
    • Computer programs

      Yes, but try again!

    • Songs

      Yes, but try again!

    • Photographs

      Yes, but try again!

    • Plays

      Yes, but try again!

    • All of the above

      Correct!

      Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.

      More examples:

      • literary works: books, pamphlets, computer programs and other works consisting of text;
      • dramatic works: motion picture films, plays, screenplays, scripts, etc.;
      • musical works: compositions that consist of both words and music, or music only; and
      • artistic works: paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures, plans, etc.

Integrated Circuit Topographies

  1. Which of these products embody integrated circuit topographies?
    • Television

      Yes, but try again!

    • Computer

      Yes, but try again!

    • Automobile

      Yes, but try again!

    • All of the above

      Correct!

      Integrated circuit topographies refer to the three-dimensional configurations of the electronic circuits in integrated circuit products or layout designs.

Congratulations

You have completed the IP Basics Quiz.

Did you know that CIPO also has case studies for post-secondary students? For more information, visit: www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/casestudies

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