|Abstract||This document provides an overview of Canadian intellectual property (IP) law with a focus on its relevance to protecting Geospatial Data, information and products. "Geospatial data" is understood as
raw data, such as geographic coordinates. "Geographic information" (GI) is understood as geographic data placed in context (for example, data about the location of mineral resources). "Geospatial data products" is understood to mean the form in
which the data is expressed, and can include databases, maps, charts, photographs or other documents or products.|
IP is generally understood as having three main areas: copyright, patent and trademark. Other categories include industrial design
law, the protection of integrated circuit topographies, and the protection of plant varieties. Confidential information or trade secrets are often considered to be a form of IP protected at common or civil law, or in equity. The focus in this paper
is on confidential information, copyright, trademarks and patents, although copyright is the predominant basis for the protection of geographic data and related information products.