Effective December 1, 2023, significant changes are coming to the Canadian Trademark Opposition Board's handling of opposition and Section 45... read more
Federal Court of Appeal Overturns Federal Court’s Test for Patentable Subject Matter of Computer-Implemented Inventions
In a recent Canadian decision, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) rejected the Federal Court’s (FC) attempt to provide a... read more
On July 6, 2023, the Federal Court of Canada announced its decision in a trademark dispute between Energizer Brands and... read more
This is to advise of some significant changes to the Canadian Intellectual Property regulations. These regulations pertain to the Patent... read more
Why Choose Us?
The cost of the patent search for your invention(s) can pay dividends in the long run. A patent search can help by controlling downstream costs of patent protection. Moreover, it can help identify patents of your competitors early in a product launch cycle. Read More
A Canadian patent is a document which provides an exclusive right to an inventor for an invention. However, a complete disclosure of how the invention works is required. Communicating your invention to the patent office is a specialized skill for which we licensed to perform. Read More
Protecting your brand with a trademark registration is of fundamental importance to your business. It is important to note, trademark rights begin with the use of the mark during the normal course of trade. Read More
Designs protection is available for manufactured articles. Furthermore, the scope of protection is limited to the design’s shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation, or combinations thereof. In other words, what you see is what you protect. Read More
Questions of Interest
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To cost effectively protect a start-up’s intellectual property (IP), consult with us to take charge of the IP process. We will help determine how to simplify the IP process.
Furthermore, we have experience partnering with start-up companies to help them leverage their IP. This includes teaching them how, when and where to brand and trademark their products and services. Secondly, how to identify core inventions. Likewise, we help identify how and when to make patent, trademark, and design searches and apply for protection. As your start-up grows, we can help you take ownership of your patent and trademark development and protection processes. We consult as a virtual in-house patent and/or trademark professional. Establishing your IP processes to reflect your business objectives is our goal. Our professionals can seamlessly integrate with your business team.
Licensed Canadian patent and trademark agents are the only professionals authorized to practice before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Licensed agents act on behalf of the Applicants in obtaining patent grants and trademark registrations. Moreover, they can assist you in navigating the nuances of both patent and trademark law.
A trademark is typically a logo, word, coined expression, or branding that is used in association with the sale of goods and services. Trademarks are used to help people remember a certain brand, what makes it special, and who is responsible for that brand. When we see a trademark on a product or service, we should think of it as a sign of quality or special features that we associate with that brand. A trademark helps the business stand out from other companies that are selling similar things. Over time, having a good trademark or brand can build a strong relationship with customers that makes them want to keep coming back.
In comparison, a patent is an intellectual property (IP) asset that must be granted by a patent office in each country where the patent is to be held. A patent, unlike a trademark, does not cover a logo, word, coined expression or brand. Instead, a patent provides protection for useful practical embodiments of an “inventive idea”. For example, the inventive idea can relate to a new machine, method of manufacture, or chemical composition. However, the invention must be novel and inventive over what has been done before or previously patented.
The patent document typically has a description of the invention that refers to drawings and a set of “claims”. The description of the invention must be clear enough for someone knowledgeable in that area to be able to make, sell, and use it once the patent expires. Likewise, the claims map out or put a fence around the practical embodiments of the inventive idea.
To summarize, a trademark and a patent are two different types of intellectual property. A trademark brands your goods and services in the eye of the consumer with a level of character, quality and goodwill. Meanwhile, a patent gives a patentee the right to an invention for a new and useful product or process for a limited period of time.