Intellectual Property in Canada

Overview by
National Organizations
The organization responsible for intellectual property in Canada is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
The Copyright Policy Branch for copyright
The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Regional Organizations
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Laws on Patents
20 years
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Laws on Trademarks
15 years renewable Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Laws on Designs
5 years renewable  
Laws on copyright
50 years after the death of the author. Berne convention
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Protection of industrial models
5 years  

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