Intellectual Property Law

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GETTING STARTED > What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) -

" Intellectual property (IP), very broadly, means the legal rights that result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. IP rights, whether in the form of patent, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, integrated circuit topographies, or plant breeders' rights reward this intellectual activity. "


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) -

" Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. IP is divided into two categories:  Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works. "

GETTING STARTED > Course Reserve Books

The following texts are a good point of departure for your research. Many law professors at University of Ottawa use these following books in their courses relating to Intellectual Property Law. Just ask our staff at the circulation desk for print course reserve books (short-term loan). Some course reserve collections are available in electronic version, you can access them through our online catalogue. 


WIPO YouTube Channel: Videos on latest developments at WIPO including interviews, press conferences, announcements, and messages from the Director General.


GETTING STARTED > The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) is the authoritative body in Canada for the large majority of IP matters and is responsible for the recording of patents, trade-marks, industrial designs and copyrights in Canada.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's homepage

GETTING STARTED > The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.

 The World Intellectual Property Organization's logo