Going Abroad? Don’t Forget Your Intellectual Property

Going Abroad? Don’t Forget Your Intellectual Property

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This article is part of a series written by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

The doors to the global marketplace are open. It has never been easier for businesses to sell their goods and services, or license and franchise their intellectual property (IP) rights outside their national borders.

IP rights, however, are territorial—so they are usually only secured in the country or region where you have applied for and obtained IP protection.

Protecting your IP helps provide a competitive advantage for your business—the ability of a business to capture greater market share and maintain presence in the market can often determine success. IP protection in export markets is therefore essential.

This document outlines how you can protect your IP internationally.

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