You can also do a search in person at CIPO's Client Service Centre.CIPO's intellectual property information officers can help you understand how to do the search (but they cannot do the search for you).You must pay a maintenance fee before five years and six months after your registration date or your protection will end.CIPO will give you the basic information you need to file your own application; however, we cannot complete your application for you, search existing designs for you or give you an opinion about whether your design is a good one.This is true of many manufactured products; their value to people depends not only on what they do, but also on how they look.Manufacturers put a lot of money and know-how into their industrial designs and this is why an original design is considered to be valuable IP.Your industrial design is worth a lot of time and money, and it may make the difference between whether or not you or your company is successful. If you are the owner of an original industrial design, registering the design will give you the exclusive right to it.
In Canada, you can apply to register your industrial design at any time if your design has never been published (i.e., you have never made it available to the public).
You can get application forms online, at CIPO's Client Service Centre or from a regional Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada office.
The application must include a title that identifies the finished article to which you have applied your design.
For example, the shape of a table or the shape and decoration of a spoon may be industrial designs.
If you want to register an industrial design, it has to be original.