David Turgeon, Ph.D. - Partner, Patent Agent, Montréal

Greater Montréal offers a stimulating environment for creatives and innovators; discoveries are protected by four federal acts:

  • Patent Act
  • Industrial Design Act
  • Copyright Act
  • Trade-marks Act

Application of these four acts is handled by a single organization: the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Are you planning to conduct R&D in the metropolitan region? A Canadian patent grants its owner the exclusive right to manufacture, sell and use an invention. Patents are granted for new and useful inventions and are valid for 20 years.

Can an invention that is protected in another country be patented in Canada? Yes, if that country has signed the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and if the application is filed no more than 12 months after the initial application in the country of origin.

The coming into force of the new Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provides for the standardization of intellectual property rights, and includes specific protections for pharmaceutical products.