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Hiring an intellectual property professional

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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ISED Citizen Services Centre
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H5
Canada

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1‑800‑328‑6189
Telephone (international): 613‑954‑5031
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Intellectual property (IP) represents some of the most important and valuable business assets that can impact competition, financing and international growth. While IP can seem like a complex subject, there are many resources at your disposal to help you.

An IP professional, such as a patent agent, a trademark agent or an IP lawyer, can help you identify and file your IP, develop a strategy and make a budget to protect and enforce your IP in Canada and around the world. They can also advise you on the proper use of IP to maintain rights, marking, licensing, assignment and other strategies to maximize the value of your IP.

Choose your intellectual property professional

Questions you may wish to ask

You should also ask your trademark or patent agent to outline their experience in applying for trademarks or patents.

Before consulting with an intellectual property professional

Understand the different types of IP to help you prepare for the first consultation. Get a handle on the fundamentals of IP by visiting CIPO's website. You can also contact our Client Service Centre to speak with an information officer or IP advisor.

Do a quick search of your inventions, trademarks and creations in the countries of interest to you to give you a preliminary view of rights owned by others that might affect the protection of your IP. Search the web, the online Canadian patents, trademarks, industrial designs or copyright databases, and databases from other countries and regions.

Consider in which countries your IP rights should be protected. Your business strategy might take you beyond Canada. Consult our Doing business abroad guides to learn about protecting your IP in foreign markets.

Thinking of using the international filing system? Please consult an expert to better understand what other fees will apply.

Approximate cost range for Canada

The cost will vary, depending on your needs and the nature and complexity of the work required.

The following is for information purposes only:

CIPO fees (administrative fees)

Please see the Payments and fees page for information about CIPO's fees.

IP agent fees

IP agent costs vary, based on the complexity of the work and the experience of the agent. Most agent work is charged hourly.

Ask your trademark or patent agent for detailed estimates on professional fees and disbursements, government fees and the likely timing of expenses so that you can budget accordingly.

Also, you may consider discussing payment schedules or arrangements. The IP agent fees cover services such as searching, drafting, preparing and filing your application, refining and resubmitting the application, and preparing and filing formal documentation.

To find out more about registered Canadian IP agents, please visit the Find an intellectual property agent page or contact our Client Service Centre at 1-866-997-1936.

To obtain a copy of this publication, or to receive it in an alternate format (Braille, large print, etc.), please fill out the Publication Request form or contact:

ISED Citizen Services Centre
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H5
Canada

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1‑800‑328‑6189
Telephone (international): 613‑954‑5031
TTY (for hearing impaired): 1‑866‑694‑8389
Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Email: ISED@Canada.ca


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