The Canadian Intellectual Property Office presents
Where to find strategic intellectual property information
(We see Grégory Fruchet getting ready to be interviewed.)
Grégory Fruchet, Industrial Techonology Advisor, NRC-IRAP
(The interview begins with light music in the background.)
There are millions of files and records
that contain technical and business information
that are available online for free on databases
that are located on websites that are offered by the main
Intellectual Property offices around the world.
And it contains a lot of key information,
very interesting information about the inventor,
the name of the inventor for example,
and/ or the name of the institution,
the research institution that has patented
that particular technology or innovation,
so it's a mine of information.
As change is constant, and innovation occurs every day
in science and technology, patent information can be used
to anticipate changes, to understand the state of the art
of a particular technology or science area.
Learning about technical solutions and technology data
is available from patent information, for example is
a great way to understand how current problems
are being solved by technology and it's a great source of
information to help save time and money.
Intellectual property information and databases
can help you find information about major players
in your particular area.
You can find information about your competitors
in the first place; you can also find information about
your suppliers, or even find information
about possible partners.
This could even lead you to find technologies and know-how that
is not currently exploited and that could even be a business
opportunity where you could license
that technology for example.
Before investing a lot of time, resources, and money
into a newer research or a newer product development,
it's a good idea to look into intellectual property
information where you can find and check
if you are not reinventing the wheel for example,
and also very importantly if you are not
infringing on someone else's right.
Doing a preliminary search by keywords is pretty simple,
but if you find that the information search is
becoming too complicated or is too sophisticated,
it's a good idea to seek help from a search service provider.
For more information http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/search-ip
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