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Doing business abroad: Protecting your IP in Mexico

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Doing business abroad: Protecting your IP in Mexico

Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset that can support your business expansion abroad. A Canadian patent, trademark or industrial design does not secure your rights outside Canada. You should consider obtaining IP protection in the countries where you plan on doing business, including selling products online or manufacturing products overseas.

Canada and Mexico are major trading partners, and there are a significant number of business, trade and investment ties between both countries. It is therefore important to know how to recognize, register and enforce your IP rights in Mexico. For the most part, the protection and registration process for IP in Mexico is similar to that in Canada. However, there are certain differences that you should familiarize yourself with by reading this guide.

In Mexico, you can apply for patent, trademark, industrial design and copyright protection. If you wish to enter the Mexican market or are already doing business in Mexico, you should apply to protect your IP rights as soon as practically possible.

Where is IP registered?

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) is the decentralized agency responsible for the administration and registration of patents, trademarks and industrial designs. Copyright is granted through the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR).

Applications for patents, trademarks and industrial designs can be filed electronically through the IMPI website (in Spanish only), and copyright applications can be filed through the INDAUTOR website (in Spanish only). Both websites also have online searchable databases. A good first step is to search existing IP to check whether your anticipated IP use may conflict with or infringe on someone’s prior rights. A Canadian IP professional may be able to coordinate work with an IP professional in Mexico.



In Mexico, the term “industrial property” is used to refer to patents, trademarks and industrial designs.


Industrial designs

IP enforcement

There are several ways to enforce your rights against unauthorized use of your IP in Mexico:

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*The information provided above is meant as an educational resource only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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