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Patents - The greatest in intellectual property

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December 1, 2006


Intellectual property law aims to stabilize competition and promote technological progress by conferring to persons certain exclusive rights, thus guaranteeing them a privileged position in relation to their competitors. It includes, among other things, trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyrights.

Patents are considered to be the greatest in intellectual property, as they offer the best protection. They are, however, the most difficult to obtain. In fact, unlike copyrights, which can be generated simply from the act of the author creating the work, or trademarks, which can be protected merely because they are used in association with products or services, patents are only granted after an application for registration is made. Only a patent agent can file an application for registration with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.