The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is the patent, trademark, and copyright administration body of Canada. Structurally the CIPO functions as a Special Operating Agency (SOA) which is associated with Industry Canada.
CIPO also administers Industrial Designs and Integrated Circuit Topographies. The Plant Breeders' Right's Act is administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The on-line patent database is searchable from 1869 but full details are only available from 1978.
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