Intellectual Property

The emphasis on innovation as a measure of global competitiveness, as well as the growth in participation of the Canadian economy in global trade have made the international dimension of intellectual property policy increasingly important.

There are numerous well established international conventions specifically relating to the protection of intellectual property rights, some dating back over a century. These conventions are administered through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) brought some of the well-established intellectual property obligations found in WIPO administered conventions into a trade context.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development manages the trade related aspects of the intellectual property regime of rights and regulations that support and protect innovation and creation (such as copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial designs and geographical indications), and the content created by cultural industries (film and television production, broadcasting, and publishing). Our role includes responsibility for these areas in the context of ongoing multilateral, regional and bilateral negotiations.

This page outlines Canada's participation in intellectual property aspects of trade negotiations.

World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

Canada and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Use of Government of Canada Symbols Abroad

The Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, in consultation with various federal departments, is also responsible for use of Government of Canada symbols abroad.

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Contact Point

If you have questions or comments, please contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at:

Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division (TMI)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 promenade Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-0066
E-mail : consultations@international.gc.ca