NRC IRAP IP Assist Program

NRC IRAP IP Assist Program

What is the IP Assist Program? If you are the owner of a small or medium-sized Canadian business and need assistance with intellectual property issues, you may be eligible for financial support from the Government of Canada. The National Research Council (NRC) has introduced the IP Assist program through their Innovation Research Assistance Program (IRAP)…

Intellectual Property (IP) Roadmap for entry into new markets 

Intellectual Property (IP) Roadmap for entry into new markets 

If you are thinking about launching a new product or service in  an  existing  market  or  entering  a  new  market,  undertaking rigorous due-diligence in order to reduce business risks is imperative. This will ensure  protection  of  your company’s IP  rights  and at the same time prevent  third-party  rights’ infringement. You should perform due diligence including: …

Establishing IP culture in an Organization 

Establishing IP culture in an Organization 

IP culture must be a part and parcel of any innovative company’s vision and mission, but, a big question for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is how to establish an IP culture within their organization. Startups and SMEs can create an IP culture by forming an IP policy for  the organization. The policy will…

Your Product and Intellectual Property (IP) Assets 

Your Product and Intellectual Property (IP) Assets 

Often, entrepreneurs and business owners may think which is the best IP Asset for their intellectual asset (product/service) – should they file a Trademark or a patent or they should keep their invention as a Trade secret.  In fact, there can be multiple IP assets  that  could  be  used  for  developing  an  IP  portfolio  around …

Managing Open-Source Software Use through an Intellectual Property (IP) Policy 

Managing Open-Source Software Use through an Intellectual Property (IP) Policy 

Managing the use of Open-source software (OSS) for any software development company might be a challenging task. However, software development companies can set boundaries on OSS usage through a comprehensive IP Policy. The IP policy for an organization can define guidelines and compliance procedures for inclusion of OSS in any deliverable. The policy and procedures…