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TitleIP law backgrounder
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorHickling Arthurs Low Corporation
SourceCanadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product 19e, 2011, 12 pages, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation; (2011). Document juridique sur la propriété intellectuelle, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product no. 19f
File formatpdf
Subjectsmiscellaneous; intellectual property; copyright law; Law of confidential information; Trade-marks Act; Patent Act
Released2012 12 31
AbstractThis 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.