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Intellectual property

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When you are starting or running your business, you may be interested in protecting your intellectual property (IP). Info entrepreneurs is your business information connection. Come to us first and let us help you find the information you need.

IP is the legal right to an idea, invention, or creation in the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic field. Your business IP can include symbols, names, images and designs.

By protecting your IP, you establish your rights to and ownership of an intellectual creation, and help prevent competitors from copying or closely imitating it. IP protects your business' distinct identity, image and reputation.

COMMON TYPES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent: A right, granted by government, to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention in Canada.

Trade-mark: Is a word (or words), a design, or a combination of these, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization.

Copyright: Means "the right to copy" and covers all original artistic works (i.e. music, performances, films, books, sculptures, software). Generally, only the copyright owner is allowed to produce or reproduce the work or to permit anyone else to do so.

Industrial design: The visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination) applied to a finished article made by hand, tool or machine.

(Source: Canada Business Ontario)

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