Trade Mark, Patent and Copyright Resources
There are two good reasons why you should be interested in trademarks, patents and copyright. Firstly, you want to protect your "intellectual property" from others copying it. A good name (product, company, service) can be worth a lot in terms of marketing effectiveness, recognition and brand awareness.
Secondly, you want to be sure that you are not violating someone else's protected intellectual property. This will avoid any legal action or hassles. It will also save you from the expense, time and effort of forced changes due to violating another company's trademark or patent.
Here are some very good Internet sources of information regarding trademarks, patents and copyright.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office provides you with all the information you need to know about protecting your intellectual property in Canada. You can even file your trademark applications on-line.
Intellectual Property Rights is a new web site put together by Industry Canada. It has a wealth of information including lists of free patent/trademark research sites, business intelligence sites and upcoming patents and trademarks.
The U.S. Copyright Office provides a wealth of information and assistance regarding copyright protection of materials (including Internet content) in the United States.
The Patent Cafe is a very useful resource site providing hundreds of tips, links, articles and access to experts.
Free Patents Online is a new, free patent searching site. It has more data and features than many other similar sites.
Here are sources of information and contacts for some other countries:
- European Patent Office has many links to other sites and a database of over 30 million patents.
- Finish National Board of Patents (in English)
- Hungarian Patent Office
- Japanese Patent Office
- United Kingdom Patent Office
- World Intellectual Property Organizations links to other countries and resources.