Patents serve to protect inventions, by giving the patent owner (or someone licensed by the patent owner) the exclusive right to make, use or sell the patented invention within Canada for a set period of time. Patent rights protect the way in which a device or method works or functions. Unlike trade-mark rights, patent rights cannot be extended after the initial term.
Patent registrations serve to prevent competitors from taking the idea and manufacturing, using or selling products using the subject matter of the patent.
We work with a number of patent agents to assist clients in pursuing patent protection for their ideas.