Canadian Government’s New Program Funds Companies to Develop Intellectual Property Strategies  

Alessia MonasteroNews

As part of the National IP Strategy, the Canadian federal government is teaming up with Canadian Accelerators and Incubators to help small businesses and startups realize their intellectual property (IP) goals by providing funding to generate, secure, and maintain IP. The Elevate IP program is open to Canadian companies with 500 or fewer employees to obtain funding for patent, trademark, or copyright filings.  

As part of the program, IP education sessions will also be provided; including workshops, programs, conferences, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. 

ElevateIP leverages Canadian Business Accelerators and Incubators (BAI) to provide targeted IP supports. The BAIs that are currently part of the program include: 

  • Springboard Atlantic Inc. – Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island 
  • Mouvement des accélérateurs d’innovation du Québec (MAIN) – Québec 
  • Communitech Corporation – Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan 
  • Innovate Calgary, Lethbridge Economic Development and University of Calgary– Alberta 
  • New Ventures BC Society – British Columbia, Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories 

In combination with the government of Ontario’s recently launched IP Ontario program, there now exists numerous opportunities for innovative companies to access IP supports. Having such government supports in place allows companies to increase their capacity to develop and implement IP strategies and carve out a market advantage within the Canadian innovation ecosystem and beyond. 

Bhole IP Law can help you navigate both governmental IP programs and provide tailored IP strategies. Please contact us for more information.