BENOÎT & CÔTÉ is an IP boutique firm having advanced professionals with scientific backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and biomedical technologies. We are assisting innovators in deriving the greatest value from their ideas.
A patent is a right, granted by government to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention in Canada. The Patent Office is a part of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and is responsible for getting patents in Canada.
A trademark is a word (or words), a design, a combination of these, or simply a sign, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization. Your trademark helps your customers distinguish your products and services from others in the marketplace. A trademark registration provides prima facie evidence of ownership. In a dispute, the registered owner does not have to prove ownership; the onus is on the challenger.
In the simplest terms, “copyright” means “the right to copy.” In general, only the copyright owner, often the creator of the work, is allowed to produce or reproduce the work or to permit anyone else to do so. Copyright applies to all original, dramatic, musical, artistic and literary works (including computer programs). It also applies to performances, communication signals and sound recordings. Copyright exists automatically when an original work is created; however, registration gives you a certificate that states that you are the owner, which can be used in court as evidence of ownership.
An Industrial design is the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament—or any combination of these features—applied to a finished article made by hand, tool or machine. The design must have features that appeal to the eye. To be eligible for registration, your design must be original.
ICTs (integrated circuit topographies) refer to the three-dimensional configurations of electronic integrated circuit products or layout designs. ICTs are all around us: in modern technology, communications, entertainment, manufacturing, medical and space technologies, and even ordinary household appliances.
Drafting and negotiating various agreements and confidentiality agreements, transfer of collaboration material, research, technology transfer and licensing.