Canadian Patent Law/Introduction

Patent law is a statutory regime that is designed to protect inventions. An inventor may apply to have their invention registered with a patent which provides them the right to exclude others from profitting from the invention. Much like copyright law, patent law is a purely statutory system that is in the exclusive domain of the federal government. The area of law is regulated by the Patent Act which outlines the scope of the patent regime, the rights and resonsibilities of a patent holder, the methods of applying for a patent, among other things.