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What Kind of Invention Do You Want to Protect?

In Canada, there is only one type of patent you can obtain to protect your invention. Patentable innovations must be new, operative and inventive. Patents only apply to specific types of inventions, but alternatives are available for designs that fall outside this category, as detailed below.

You have: a new and functional product, composition, machine or process — or an enhancement on any of these.

You need: to file a patent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to protect your creation from being manufactured, sold or used by others for up to 20 years.


You have: a new and visually appealing design applied to a finished product, including shape, structure, pattern, or any combination thereof.

You need: to register an industrial design with CIPO to protect your creation from being manufactured, sold, rented or imported by anyone else for up to 15 years.

The Benefits of Canadian Patent Registration

Exclusive Ownership Rights

Patent registration is the only way to obtain exclusive, legally protected rights to manufacture, use and sell your creation for 20 years from the filing date.

Market Security

Canada operates on a first to file system for patents, so it’s essential to file promptly after completing your invention — before anyone else races to the market with a similar idea.

Increase Funding

In Canada, registered patents are considered an attractive form of collateral you can use to gain substantial funding from external investors.

Grow Your Brand

Registering a patent improves the credibility of your business. You can use a registered Canadian patent to promote your brand and strengthen brand recognition nationwide.

Enhance Your Assets

Canadian patents are valuable assets that can be sold, licensed and transferred. As your company grows, the value of its assets increases also.

Go International

After filing in Canada, if you file elsewhere within six months, you can claim a priority filing date to speed up the process, so you grow farther, faster.

Government Aid

Are you an individual entrepreneur, a small business with under 50 employees, or a university? You may qualify for a discounted filing fee of up to 50% off to support your ingenuity.

The Canadian Patent Application Process

Registering a patent is no easy feat, challenging for even the most informed innovators. Between the complexities of Canadian patent law and the highly scientific knowledge required to prepare technical specifications accurately, the patent application process is the most complicated of all intellectual property matters.

According to CIPO, more than 90% of patents are filed with the help of a patent agent or lawyer. Without the necessary blend of experience and know-how, you risk inadequately protecting your product — or worse, not getting your patent registered at all. At Witmart, our experts ensure that you submit the best possible patent application, empowering you to file with confidence.

Witmart Benefits

Local Patent Expertise

Think of it this way: you’re the inventor and you’ve already done your part, so let us take care of the rest! Our experienced Canadian attorneys know the ins and outs of Canadian patent law and can help you navigate CIPO’s strict filing requirements.

Filing Made Simple

The Canadian patent registration process is time-consuming, challenging and tedious. At Witmart, we’ll do all the heavy lifting. Our experienced patent attorneys handle everything from filing to CIPO communications so you can get back to doing what you love.

Personalized Service

When you file with Witmart, you’re getting more than a business partner — we genuinely care about the success of our clients. As part of the Witmart family, you’ll have a dedicated local expert invested in your growth. We’ve built our reputation on a foundation of friendly service with a personalized touch — after all, we wouldn’t be here without you!

Witmart’s Professional Patent Services

Free and Confidential Consultation
We kick things off with a free initial consultation to help us understand your needs and your goals so that we can select the patent application that is best for you and your invention.

Patentability Search and Professional Opinion
We use multiple databases to perform “novelty searches” or searches on prior art on previous patents and other materials that are similar to yours. Based on our findings, our patent attorneys provide advice as to the likelihood of successful patent registration.

Preparing your Application to Patent-Ready Standards
Our registered patent attorneys handle all of the detailed descriptions and drawings required for your patent application. They’ll also prepare the most important and difficult part of your application — the claims. Our experts work closely with you to bring your claim to patent-ready perfection.

Filing and Patent Office Liaison
In addition to filing your complete patent application, our attorneys act as a line of communication between you and the Patent Office. Throughout the entire prosecution process, we prepare your amendments and responses to any required changes on your behalf.

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