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Consult our guides and our free resources to help you understand intellectual property and protect your company’s innovations.


  • Copyright 

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Learn about, search or apply for registration for copyright for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical creations.

  • Trademarks 

    ​Canadian Intellectual Property Office<
    Learn about, search or apply for the registration or renewal of a trademark to distinctly identify your business and protect your intellectual property in Canada and abroad.

  • Integrated Circuit Topographies 

    ​Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Learn about or apply for registration for your integrated circuit topographies.

  • Patent Prosecution Highway 

    ​Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Fast-track your patent application in a participating country once another participating country's IP office has approved your claim.

  • NUANS Corporate name search 

    ​Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    Compare your proposed business name to the names of existing businesses to see if it is unique.

  • Patent 

    ​Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Learn about, search for or apply for registration of a patent, which gives you exclusive rights over products and processes that you invent.

  • Industrial Designs 

    ​Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Learn about and search for industrial designs or apply for registration to protect the original visual features of a product.


Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

  • 33 Milton Street, Suite 500
  • Montréal, Québec
  • H2X 1V1
  • 1 800 797-6226, 514 844-8377

Services offered:  Licensing - Rights management - International royalties - Promotion and defense of its members' rights

Copibec - Société québécoise de gestion collective des droits de reproduction

  • 550, Sherbrooke West, Suite 510
  • Montréal, Québec
  • H3A 1B9

Services offered:  Copyright management

Access Copyright

  • 69 Yonge Street, Suite 1100
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • M5E 1K3

Services offered:  Pre-cleared permission to use copyright-protected content

Lavery Go inc.

  • 514 871-1522, 418 688-5000, 819 346-5058, 819 373-7000

Services offered:  Legal support program for startups

Quebec Law Network

  • 75, Des Châteaux Blvd., Suite 102
  • Blainville, Québec
  • J7B 2A4

Services offered:  Consulting services - Legal documents - Lawyer directory - Telephone consultations with a lawyer - Legal store

National Research Council Canada

  • 1200 Montreal Road, Building M-58
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • K1A 0R6

Services offered:  Support for technology innovation - Research and development - Certifications, evaluations and standards - Areas of research - Challenge programs - Open calls for proposals - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) - EUREKA!

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

  • 1 866 997-1936

Services offered:  Patents - Copyright - Trademarks - Intellectual property

Young Bar Association of Montreal - Legal consults for businesses

  • 445 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Suite RC-03
  • Montréal, Québec
  • H2Y 3T8

Services offered:  Copyright - Consulting services - Intellectual property - Regulations


  • IP Academy 

    CIPO offers online educational resources including seminars, an IP management webinar series, a self-assessment tool and an interactive guide to help you develop your IP strategy, and more.

  • Plan your IP strategy 

    Establishing a plan to manage your IP assets (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets or industrial designs) can give you a competitive edge in the marketplace and ensure sustainable growth.

  • IP Toolbox 

    Discover the different intellectual property (IP) rights that can turn your ideas into successful businesses by differentiating you from your competitors.

  • A guide to copyright 

    This guide explains what copyright is, the process of registering a copyright in Canada and the benefits of registration.

  • IP foundations series 

    Each training module teaches you how to create, develop, monetise and strategically exploit intellectual property assets in a competitive marketplace.

  • Tutorial — Your patent application 

    If you are thinking about writing a patent application, use this tutorial to help you prepare one that meets the strict requirements for filing.

  • Trademarks Database Tutorial 

    Find out the about the benefits of using the Canadian Trademarks Database and how to search it.