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Susan Ward

It's World Intellectual Property Day!

By April 26, 2013

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"Intellectual property can be anything you hold in your hand to a great song, a piece of art, a slogan or even a new circuitry inside electronics. All of these things have one very simple, yet complex thing in common -- they all started with an idea." - Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) website

The theme of World Intellectual Property Day this year is "Creativity: The Next Generation", making this an ideal day to contemplate our creative, innovative spirit. The artificial heart, radio, the electric cooking range, insulin, the Cobalt 60 Therapy Unit, the Bissell Carpet Sweeper, the Jolly Jumper and Java software were all invented by Canadians. Quite a list!

Intellectual Property Day is also a great day to think about the intellectual property we've already created and how to protect it. What's the difference, for instance, between a copyright and a trademark? What can be trademarked and what can't?

Learn More About Intellectual Property

The aforementioned Canadian Intellectual Property Office is another great source for learning more about intellectual property and how you can protect it.

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