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Artist's rendition of James A. Grant's 1881 IMPROVEMENTS ON SYRINGES

"Improvements on Syringes." Patent no. 13703, filed by James A. Grant, 1881


This section provides basic information about patents: what a patent is, what you can patent, why you should patent your invention and how the patent process works.

The information in these sections is not exhaustive. Comprehensive information on patent law is available via many local and university libraries. You may also wish to consult the Department of Justice Canada's Patent Act ( website.

For more in-depth information regarding the patent system, it is recommended that you visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ( website. You will also find information there about locating and receiving professional advice from a registered patent agent.