Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property?

If you created an invention, developed a new process, or enhanced an existing invention, you need to protect your idea by filing a patent. Many entrepreneurs make mistakes when filing a patent, so consulting with an expert in patents would greatly benefit a company.

Why is Intellectual Property Important?

A patent can protect your idea and prevent other companies from entering your market. A patent can be used as a revenue generator by creating licensing agreements with other companies to develop new products. Holding a patent can boost the value of a company when seeking funding, as a patent is a tangible asset.

Intellectual Property Resources

Here are a few online resources and organizations that can help with your patent, trademark, and copyright.

Online Patent and Trademark Support

Candian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) They are responsible for the administration and processing of intellectual property in Canada. They manage patents, copyright, trademarks, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.

CIPO – A Guide to Patents – A 40 page guide explaining what a patent is, how to apply for a patent and the rest of the patent process in Canada.

Candian Patent Database – This database lets you access over 75 years of patent descriptions and images. You can search, retrieve and study more than 2,000,000 patent documents.

United States Patent and Trademark Office – The federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

USPTO Patent Database – Search US patents all the way back to 1790 using their online database that allows you to read patent descriptions and images.

European Patent Office - The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 40 European countries.

Google Patent Search – Google gives you access to over 7,000,000 patents and patent applications around the world. Use advanced search functions to narrow your search by date, inventor name, or patent number.

Intellectual Property Support in BC

BCIT Applied Research Liaison Office – BCIT’s Applied Research Liaison Office can help you walk through the steps of filing a patent that will properly protect your idea, invention, or process.

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