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IP Protection

Most Science and IT businesses start with a unique idea or method of solving a problem.  It is these ideas that set a business apart from competitors and are the basis for the value of the business.  These unique ideas and methods are referred to as  Intellectual Property (IP) and they should be protected.  This is not an easy task, but we can help you identify and document your IP and develop a plan to protect it.

IP Fundamentals and Strategy

The basic tools for protecting Intellectual Property are Patents, Trademarks and Copyright.  Familiarize yourself with these tools using the resources below and you will be in a better position to identify your unique needs. 

Once you are familiar with the fundamentals of IP Protection, you can start to develop a strategy for your organization.  Typically this will start by listing all of the products and services your organization delivers, then matching them with the most appropriate method of protection - trademark, patent or copyright.  

To learn more about IP Protection, see the resources below and if you need help protecting your IP, give us a call to set up an appointment.

Other Resources

For the latestest news on Intellectual Property issues in Canada, visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

On this site you will also find a searchable Canadian Patents Database.


For the latestest news on Intellectual Property issues the United States, visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information on the fundamentals of Intellectual Property and developing a strategy, visit the IP Fundamentals and IP Strategy sections on the MaRS site.

 Presentations from SSMIC's Intellectual Property Secrets to Success Workshop:

To learn more about protecting your Intellectual Property, set up an appointment with us today.

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