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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) 

Intellectual property is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as "creations of the mind" such as inventions, art, designs, and names and symbols used in commerce. With the growing number of online and global business activities, protecting intellectual property is becoming increasingly important.

Having a solid IP strategy helps safeguard your investment in creating these assets and maintaining brand identity. If you're a business owner, it's recommended that you consult a qualified IP lawyer to identify vulnerabilities in your IP portfolio and get advice on additional protections. Our team can help you in registering and protecting your trademarks and copyrights to help achieve these goals.

Types of Intellectual Property

1- Copyright

Copyright refers to the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish, or perform original works such as books, music, paintings, films, and computer programs. In Canada, the copyright owner is usually the creator of the work, but in some cases, the employer may be the owner if agreed upon. Copyright typically lasts for the owner's lifetime and for 50 years after their death.

K.E. Legal's IP lawyers can assist with:

  • Evaluating IP ownership rights

  • Conducting title searches and offering legal opinions

  • Registering copyrights in Canada and other jurisdictions

  • Reviewing, negotiating, and drafting copyright agreements

  • Representing copyright owners in disputes and infringement litigation

 

2- Trademarks

A trademark is a unique combination of letters, words, sounds, or designs that sets your company apart from others in the market. By registering your trademark, you can protect it from misuse by others and gain exclusive rights to use it for 10 years (renewable).

K.E. Legal's IP lawyers can assist with : 

  • Conducting trademark searches and offering legal opinions

  • Registering trademarks in Canada and other jurisdictions

  • Reviewing, negotiating, and drafting trademark agreements

  • Representing trademark owners in disputes and infringement litigation

 

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