Sometimes a person or business will want to protect an image or identity, a newly created product, an innovative design or a creative work. You can receive legal recognition and protection for these endeavours, which are known as "intellectual property." Many intellectual property rights are administered through a federal agency called the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
Copyright is the exclusive right of the holder to reproduce a work of allow someone else to do so.The owner of a copyright has the sole right to control any publication, production, reproduction and performance of a work or its translation. Generally, if you are the creator of the work, you won the copyright. However, if you create a work in the course of employment, the copyright belongs to your employer, unless there is an agreement to the contrary. You can choose to register a copyright with CIPO; it can be a useful proof of ownership. For further information, see Copyrights.
Patents are legal documents protecting the rights of inventors. Patents can be sold, licensed or used as an asset to negotiate funding. For further information, see Patents
Trade-marks are words, symbols, designs, or a combinaton of these, used to distinguish the wares or services of one person of organization from those of others in the marketplace. For further information, see Trademarks
Industrial Designs are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination of these features), applied to a finished article of manufacture. For further information, see Industrial Designs
Integrated Circuit Topographies are innovative three-dimensional configurations of the materials that form integrated circuits. For further information, see Integrated Circuit Topographies