Intellectual Property Law Agents in Edmonton, Alberta

If you are looking for a patent agent or lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, you are most likely making a smart move.  The process in Canada is exceedingly complicated, and your chances of getting  patent approved in a timely manner (or at all) increase significantly when you use a knowledgeable patent lawyer.

Evaluating patent attorneys can be a complicated and sensitive process.  Doing is a good job is of the utmost importance.  This is why using a directory like to find a lawyer.  You can refer to their Edmonton, AB listing for intellectual property law.

When you are comparing and evaluating different patent lawyers to use, there are a few key considerations to determine who to go with.  Here are some tips:

  • How many years of experience they have within IP law.  Because of the insane complexity of IP law, overall experience doesn’t take you very far.  Instead, you want to know exactly how many years they have been practicing within this field
  • Whether they are recommended by peers and past clients.  If there is little information about past clients and they seem hesitant to let you talk to any, then this may be a big red flag.  Of course this applies to all lawyers (and even those outside of the field of law).

Once you have some ideas of some lawyers (or maybe one lawyer you would prefer) that you want to check out, schedule some consultations.  Most lawyers offer a free consultation (usually about an hour in length) for you get an idea of what they can do for you.  Use this as an opportunity to interview them, and see if they are right for you.  A good patent lawyer should be forthright and honest.  They should also be very curious about whatever you plan on patenting.  The better they attempt to understand your invention or innovation, the more likely they are to to lead you in the right direction.  My very first meeting with a patent lawyer actually resulted in him telling me the idea would never be approved for a useful patent; this is how I could tell he was an ethical agent.  He was honest that the process would not be worth it, and said so.

However, before you even get this far, check out the Canadian database for existing patents.  See if it possible that any of your ideas have already been patented.

You can refer to our previous post for more information on the pros and cons of filing for a patent, and to determine if it’s right for you.

Protection of Innovation

Through out history, there have been numerous ways to protect your inventions and innovations.  Some of the tactics that still exist today have existed for hundreds of years, others are relatively recent inventions.  We are going to go through a very brief history of protection of ideas, and then the common vehicles used today.


In the past, people have used a wide variety of different methods to protect their ideas.  Often, they were violent.  Murder, or physical means were not uncommon.  Some things were never recorded, others were scarcely recorded and what documents that did exist were harshly protected.  Although all of these methods had varying levels of success, the best way to maintain the competitive advantage has always been secrecy. 

However, there has been many changes recently.  In the past several centuries, the concept that original ideas can be legally protected and owned has become widely adopted.  That leads us to your options as a creator today:

Legal Protection: If you want, you can actually file for a form of legal ownership of your idea.  This is what we know as a patent.  Now of course there are some basic conditions.  It does have to be your idea.  It must be entirely original, having never been claimed in a patent before.  It also must be non-obvious, a condition that is harder to meet than you would think.

There are cons to this approach as well, such as the time, money, and pain it costs to go through such a complicated process.  However, if you are granted a patent you have rights that you could never gain anywhere else.

Trade Secret: Or simply referred to as secrecy before, is an age-old tactic used to keep the advantage.  It avoids many of the complications of the aforementioned options, but it introduces some uncertainty as well.  If someone else comes up with your idea, then there is no legal protections you are entitled to.

As a creator, it is important to decide which method is best for you.  Both have their advantages, so weigh them carefully.