Applying for a patent or copyright for your brainchild can be a daunting task. In order to be successful, you will need to know in advance the necessary steps in this exacting process. Your most thorough and accurate information will come right from the patent office itself.
Canada’s patenting department is called the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, or CIPO. It is located in Gatineau , Quebec. The complete mailing address is as follows:
You may call their toll-free number, 1-(888) 9997-1936 from anywhere in Canada or the US. You will not need to personally visit the head office, but may obtain information from them by mail or on their website, cipo.gc.ca. It is highly advisable that you obtain professional guidance and representation from a patent agent or other experienced patenting expert. You may obtain a list of patent agents on the CIPO site.
The United States equivalent is called the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, and is located in Alexandria, Virginia. There are four additional regional offices, located in Denver, Detroit, Dallas, and Silicon Valley. A list of qualified patent agents and attorneys can be found on their website, uspto.gov.
On both websites, you will find exhaustive information on patents, copyrights, and Industrial Design. Some topics include:
- What can be patented
- Doing a patent search
- When you should apply for a patent
- Preparing a patent application
- When to request examination of your application
- Appealing a rejected patent application
- What protection your patent provides
- Initial and maintenance fees
Applying for patent outside of Canada and the U.S. can be done in individual countries, or by a single application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which includes as many as 142 countries.
Contacting the relevant organizations and working with a competent professional will make the journey to achieving a patent smoother. Try Vince the Patent Guy of Innovative Licensing.
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