Intellectual property is the most rapidly growing area of my practice. The whole issue of technical know-how and technical processes involved is hugely significant.


the intellectual property ownership of original literary, dramatic and other artistic works. It usually lasts for the life of the author, plus 50 years.

Industrial Design

any particular shape, pattern or ornamentation applied to an article which is made in an industrial process. Five-year registrations are available for industrial designs, and may be renewed once.


granted by the Canadian government, it gives the patentee sole rights to make, use and sell an invention for a period of 17 years.

Trade Mark

a word, symbol or design, or combination of words, symbols and designs, which is used to differentiate the products or services offered by one business or organization from the products or services offered by others. A trade mark registration is effective for 15 years.

We are able to advise clients on trade mark development and to process their trade mark applications. We also act on behalf of clients in opposition proceedings.

Snyder & Associates is able to advise artists and inventors with respect to legislation which affects their creations and innovations, and is pleased to assist all clients with matters relating to intellectual property rights, including the protection of trade secrets.