Intellectual property considerations for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States

Take advantage of guidance tailored for Canadian small and medium enterprises to make better decisions and avoid mistakes. Deepen your understanding to enter, grow and succeed in the United States (US) market.

Practical intellectual property (IP) considerations in the United States


US trademark registrations

Find out what you need to know and think about if you are using a trademark in the U.S.

Sufficient proof of use of Trademarks

Use of a trademark is key in Trademark law - Learn how to provide proof of Trademark use in the US

Considerations regarding Trademark confusion

Learn about Trademark confusion and how ignoring it could place your company at risk of infringement

Trade secrets

Competitive advantage in the US

Find out how to use trade secrets to sustain a competitive advantage in the US

Reverse engineering considerations

Explore the applicable considerations to protect against reverse engineering and if you are doing reverse engineering


Considerations with US provisional patent applications

Learn about the opportunities and risk with provisional applications specific to the US that can be used to secure a priority date

Using US patents to protect innovation

Learn about the difference between utility patents, design patents and utility model patents and key considerations when seeking a patent

Considerations with U.S patent marking

Find out when and how to use IP marking as a visual notice to the public that you hold IP rights

Leveraging patent databases to support U.S market expansion

Learn how to use patent searching to improve your competitive intelligence

Preparing the IP portfolio for fundraising or exit

Learn about key IP considerations that investors will care about, whether you are raising capital or exiting


Impact of Bayh Dole on joint Canada and US R&D

Do you own your IP? Learn about some key considerations that stem from the Bayh Dole act

The importance of IP indemnification clauses

Learn about a few potentially costly mistakes that may infringe on IP rights and how to avoid them

Choice of venue for patent litigation in the U.S

Key considerations on the choice of venue for patent litigation

Hiring employees and contractors in the U.S

Discover some of the key considerations when deciding if you will be using employees or contractors in the U.S

Employment contract and IP ownership

Find out about key contract clauses when hiring staff to protect your IP

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