Legal

The law affects business at every stage of development. These resources provide valuable information to help your business understand a few key legal issues.

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Legal Information for Alberta’s Small Business Community

The Business Link provides an overview of how and when a lawyer should help guide your business and provides valuable information to help you understand and deal with hiring a lawyer.

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Choosing a Business Structure

There are three main types of businesses. This resource explains each type and their advantages/disadvantages.

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Alberta Laws and Regulations

This guide covers relevant federal and provincial legislation that governs business and investment in Alberta.

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Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society of Alberta is the association of all practicing lawyers in the province of Alberta.

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Patents

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office manages patent applications, appeals and resources.

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Copyrights

Copyright of a work exists automatically when an original work is created, but a certificate of registration is evidence that a creation is protected by copyright and that the person registered is the owner.

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Trademarks

A trademark is a word, a design, or a combination of these, used to identify the goods or services of one person or organization. Trademarks can be registered to claim ownership and protect the associated rights.

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Product Licensing

Licensing involves obtaining permission from a company to manufacture and sell one or more of its products within a defined market area. The company that obtains these rights usually agrees to pay a royalty fee to the original owner.

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Industrial Design

Industrial design is the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to a finished article made by hand, tool or machine. Registration can prevent design from being copied and imitated by competitors.

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Plant Breeders Rights

Plant Breeders’ Rights are a form of intellectual property rights by which plant breeders can protect their new varieties in the same way an inventor protects a new invention with a patent.

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