The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is the government agency that oversees intellectual property and helps businesses protect their intangible assets.
As a business, you most likely have created intellectual property, such as innovations, technology, articles, logo designs and unique processes. If you have intellectual property you wish protect from use by others without your consent, submit your patent, trademark, or industrial design application to CIPO; you can also register a copyright with CIPO.
The span of time in which your intellectual property is protected varies by intellectual property type. For example, CIPO protects industrial designs for 10 years, whereas copyright protection lasts a lifetime plus 50 years.