CIPO releases its Annual Report 2017–2018: Helping make Canada a global centre of innovation

—Gatineau—Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) Annual Report for 2017–2018 was tabled in the House of Commons on .

CIPO continues to contribute to the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, and it plays an active role in implementing Canada's Intellectual Property Strategy.

During the 2017–2018 fiscal year, the first year of CIPO's Five-Year Business Strategy (2017–2022), CIPO made significant progress toward the implementation of five international intellectual property (IP) treaties for industrial design, trademarks and patents. In November 2018, CIPO completed accession to the Hague Agreement for industrial design. Joining the five IP treaties will help Canadian businesses looking to enter or expand their presence in international markets.

CIPO's Patent Branch received the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)'s ISO 9001:2015 certification in June 2017, positioning CIPO among the world's leaders in delivering quality patent rights.

CIPO has launched a new strategy for achieving service excellence and has increased engagement with clients.

CIPO launched its new IP awareness and education program in May 2017 to better equip Canadian innovators and companies to use IP as a strategic tool to help them grow and succeed in the marketplace.

Going forward, CIPO is committed to ensuring that Canada's businesses and entrepreneurs are aware of the value of IP and are equipped to make the most of their creative endeavours.


"In Canada, we have an ambitious agenda to help make our country a global centre of innovation. To support this vision, we at CIPO help Canadian innovators better understand, protect and leverage their IP and compete on the global stage. As a team, we strive for success and excellence in serving our clients and are proud to help advance innovation and contribute to Canada's economic success."

Johanne Bélisle, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer

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