Warning about Unnecessary or Alternative Methods for Obtaining Intellectual Property Protection
The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) is aware of companies offering unnecessary or misleading 'alternative' methods for obtaining intellectual property protection for your invention, artistic work, trade-mark or other subject matter. Companies or individuals offering such 'alternative' methods, guaranteeing registration, promoting 'international' patents or trade-marks, or making uninvited requests for money to preserve your rights should be treated with caution. Be aware that some companies are asking for money by sending requests that look like official government communications.
IPIC recommends that you contact a registered patent or trade-mark agent, or intellectual property lawyer for advice on how to best protect your invention, artistic work, trade-mark or other subject matter. A registered agent or intellectual property lawyer will be able to assist you in distinguishing official notices from unnecessary or fraudulent requests. A list of registered agents who are members of IPIC is available under How to Get Help.