Doing business abroad or exporting

Whether you are physically shipping across Canadian borders or transferring data via the web, wherever you have a competitive edge, there is someone or a business out there that is ready to imitate or “improve” your design.

By filing an industrial design application, you are staking your claim in your target markets to safeguard your sales and reputation.

Canada belongs to several international conventions for facilitating filing in other countries. For instance, a Canadian applicant may file an industrial design application in another country within six months of the original application in Canada and still obtain in the foreign country the Canadian priority filing date.

Whether you are a Canadian company looking to sell your products abroad or a foreign company seeking to do business in Canada, identifying and protecting your intellectual property rights associated with your products will mean the difference between profits and losses.