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Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) in the European Union

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For guidance and practical information on how to successfully protect your intellectual property in the European Union (EU), please request a full copy of our guide from

Canadian businesses seeking to expand to the EU often overlook the intellectual property (IP) aspects associated with doing business abroad. It is important to know how to protect and enforce IP rights in the EU.

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has developed a guide which aims to raise awareness of IP and its importance to Canadian SMEs. The guide provides practical information on protecting and enforcing IP rights in the EU.

The guide includes useful information for the following areas and provides answers to common questions:

General introduction to IP in the European Union

IP in EU Member States – Case studies

Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Links - Guides and contact points

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