What is the difference between a trade-mark, copyright, patent and industrial design? How can I protect my company’s intellectual property? What do I do if someone sends me a cease and desist letter? When can I use ™ or ®? What do I do if someone is using my name/trade-mark on their website?
In this session, Sharon Groom offers five good ideas on copyright and intellectual property law.
Download the handout of Sharon’s presentation.
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The foregoing text and video is provided for general information purposes only. It is neither intended as, nor should be considered, legal advice and readers and viewers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, a qualified lawyer should be consulted. © McMillan LLP 2010.
Five Good Ideas
- Familiarize yourself with the different types of intellectual property (“IP”) protection available to you.
- Before choosing a trade-mark for your business, do some searches to see if it, or one similar, is already in use for similar services/wares.
- Once you have chosen a mark, register it with the Canadian Intellectual Property office, either yourself or through an IP professional.
- Use proper markings for your copyright and trade-marks to put others on notice of your rights.
- Have an internal process in place to periodically review new IP that is being used in your business, whether it is protected, and properly marked.
Five Good Resources
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
- Canadian Trade-marks database
- Filing a trade-mark application
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
- Creative Commons
This Five Good Ideas session was made possible by the generous support of McMillan LLP.