Intellectual Property Awareness and Use: Interactive Dashboard


The data used to create this interactive web application is from the following listed data tables:

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The Intellectual Property Awareness and Use survey (IPAU) was carried out by Statistics Canada in collaboration with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The first of its kind to look at intellectual property (IP) in Canada, this survey will help to better understand how Canadian businesses use IP for economic purposes.

The strategic use of IP is critical to the innovation and economic growth of Canadian enterprises. As a result, this survey was created to establish a baseline on familiarity with and use of IP by Canadian businesses.

This survey is also part of the national Intellectual Property Strategy, which was designed to improve access to the IP system for all Canadians, including traditionally underrepresented groups, such as women and Indigenous peoples.

Businesses in Canada can own IP domestically and internationally. International IP protection is accorded through a registration process in the country of interest.

Data are available by enterprise size; by sector, according to the North American Industry Classification System; and by economic region, according to the Standard Geographical Classification, for the reference period from 2017 to 2019.

Atlantic region includes Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Rest of Canada includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

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  • A: Excellent
  • B: Very good
  • C: Good
  • D: Acceptable
  • E: Use with caution
  • F: Too unreliable to be published

Related products

Intellectual Property Awareness and Use Survey, 2019.

Patenting by Canadian businesses, 2019.

The infographic "Dimensions of intellectual property in Canada, 2017 to 2019", part of the Statistics Canada – Infographics series (Catalogue number11-627-M), is now available. It provides a snapshot of results on IP awareness and use according to the structure, executive demographics and geographic location of businesses from 2017 to 2019.

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