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What is Intellectual Property?

October 2nd, 2023

Intellectual Property (IP) is often seen as a complex and nebulous field. Yet, it is at the heart of many creations, innovations, and discoveries that shape our daily lives. In Quebec, IP is of utmost importance for inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs. But what exactly is intellectual property, and how is it manifested here in Quebec? Discover all there is to know in the following article.

Intellectual Property refers to the exclusive rights granted to creations of the human mind. Unlike physical property, it does not pertain to a physical good, but rather to a functionality, creation, or brand. It acknowledges the effort, time, and genius of the person behind an innovation, whether it’s artistic, technical, or commercial. Broadly speaking, intellectual property serves as a tool to combat counterfeiting and plagiarism, offering the creator of a work, protection for their creation and the benefits that arise from it.

The different faces of Intellectual Property

In Quebec, as elsewhere, intellectual property manifests in various forms, each with its specifics. Such as know-how, trade secrets, copyrights, industrial designs, inventions, and trademarks. To learn more about these different types, check out our article on the topic. To learn more about these different types, check out our article on the topic.

The role of Intellectual Property

Legislation on IP in Quebec is influenced by Canadian federal laws, with province-specific nuances. It holds particular significance in a context where innovation and creativity are encouraged and valued. By recognizing and valuing IP, Quebec emphasizes the importance of creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship for its economic, cultural, and social development. The role of IP is vital to ensure that creators can benefit from their work, encourage research and innovation, and promote a healthy competitive environment. Understanding what intellectual property is and its implications is therefore crucial for anyone working in a creative or innovative field in Quebec. Depending on the different types of rights (like copyrights) and jurisdictions (varying protection levels across countries), the protection period can generally range from 20 years from the registration date (for patents) to 70 years after the author’s death (for copyrights).

Are you an inventor, creator, or entrepreneur in Quebec? Make sure you fully understand the value and significance of intellectual property. At Invention Quebec, we’re here to guide and support you every step of the way. Benefit from our expertise to showcase your creations and innovations. Contact us now and move forward confidently in your projects with the Invention Quebec team!


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