In Canada, as in much of the world, patents are essentially a bargain made between the state and the inventor, where in exchange for public disclosure of the invention, the inventor gets the exclusive right to exploit the invention for 20 years – as long as the annual maintenance fees are paid. It’s a process our IP and Innovation group can help your clients navigate with certainty. Assuming an invention is eligible for a patent in Canada, we get to work preparing and filing the patent application that protects your client’s creation. We know that in many instances, applying for and securing a Canadian patent is an essential step in attracting international investors and obtaining funding for an innovation. On average, a patent takes four years from filing to issuance and we can assist with every step of the process. Understanding the Canadian patent process In Canada each patent application typically require the same components, which include, among other things, a summary of the key elements of the invention, a description of the drawings or figures and a detailed description of what the invention does. Our patent agents are skilled at ensuring the application is accurate and complete, so it can move ahead without delay. Our patent agents and lawyers are knowledgeable about specific Canadian patent laws and those of other countries, including how international treaties and conventions impact inventors. We have the experience, insight and technical know-how to help you fulfill your client’s specific patent requirements and complete the necessary steps to move through examination and on to securing the patent. Once your client’s patent is issued, we can assist with maintaining and enforcing it so they can capitalize on its full potential.