Learn more about intellectual property data and use

> What is intellectual property data?
> What is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s IP data?
> Who uses the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s IP data?
> What is intellectual property data used for?
> What is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s open data vision?


What is intellectual property data?

Intellectual property (IP) data includes all information provided for a trademark, patent, industrial design and copyright application, and the information entered and captured by global IP offices which process these applications.

Learn more about the basics of intellectual property.


What is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s IP data?

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO’s) IP data is information extracted from trademark, industrial design and patent applications filed with the organization. IP data consists of structured data, unstructured data, and images.

Most of CIPO’s IP data is provided in standardized machine-readable XML format specifically designed for organizations and commercial clients maintaining their own databases. As such, XML formats are challenging for individuals such as researchers, members of the media, small to medium sized businesses, and innovators to take advantage of.

As CIPO’s open data modernization efforts continue, our IP data will be available in more formats such as Excel, TXT, and CSV so that more innovators, researchers, media, and others can use it to further research and innovation.

Consult the bulk data products overview to see the types of data currently available at CIPO.


Who uses the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s IP data?

Clients who currently subscribe to receive CIPO IP data include:

  • Policy development think tanks such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other IP offices around the world
  • Commercial clients such as the large firms specializing in IP and technology law
  • Companies who specialize in data mining and management tools, data extraction, visualization and quantitative analysis
  • Academic research centers using data for graduate level research on innovation and trends
  • Other Government Departments (OGDs) such as Innovation Québec and the National Research Council (NRCan)


What is intellectual property data used for?

In the OECD’s introduction to the report Data-Driven Innovation: Big Data for Growth and Well-Being“, the organization highlights the significance of data to global innovation:

“Today the generation and use of huge volumes of data are redefining our “intelligence” capacity and our social and economic landscapes, spurring new industries, processes and products, and creating significant competitive advantages. In this sense, data-driven innovation (DDI) has become a key pillar of 21st-century growth, with the potential to significantly enhance productivity, resource efficiency, economic competitiveness, and social well-being.”

Some examples of how IP data is used include:

  • The OECD uses IP data from CIPO and other IP offices around the world to map social and economic impacts and policy issues stemming from artificial intelligence and machine learning, scientific discovery, enhancing health outcomes, and cloud computing analytics, to name a few.
  • WIPO harnesses IP data from IP offices around the world to produce statistical reports on global IP activity, and the advancements of WIPO-administered treaties to protect international IP rights.
  • Commercial clients specialized in IP law and technology may use IP data to internally manage client accounts, and to monitor new business opportunities.
  • Data mining and extraction companies produce and sell reports to clients for various purposes, including determining what a competitors’ advantage may be.
  • Academic research centers use IP data to study and report on trends, and the most recent developments in certain fields.


What is the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s open data vision?

CIPO is working to ensure that Canadian IP public data will be available online, in more accessible formats, in near real-time, to allow more people to share and use our data for research, policy development, media articles and reports, insights into economic and social issues, trends, and innovation.

Key features of CIPO’s open data service offerings include:

  • Elimination of all data subscription fees
  • Direct online access to CIPO’s IP data in a variety of accessible formats
  • Customizable approaches for downloading IP data from an online platform
Date modified: 2019-06-07