Intellectual property


Intellectual property

Duration: 2 period(s)
Suggested level: Secondary Cycle Two
Subject: Culture and Citizenship in Québec, Financial Education


The concept of intellectual property is present on the entrepreneurship program. You will find clear explanations of concepts like trademarks, copyright, patents, and more are in this teaching guide. Students will learn about these concepts through a fun scenario-based activity. The scenario was based on a real case. You will also find the guidelines to an optional research activity on the Canadian copyrights database.

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Educational objectives:

  • To introduce students to the basic concepts about intellectual property.
  • To get to know the different types of intellectual property.
  • To reflect about the intellectual property limits.
  • To exam the arguments of a judge through an exercise based on a real case on intellectual property.

Subjects and subject-specific competencies

Culture and Citizenship in Québec - Secondary IV

Cultural realities and compulsory main concepts: Justice and the law - Justice and Legal and judicial institutions.

Compulsory specific concepts, and related topics and examples: Intellectual property.

  • Competency 1: Studies cultural realities:
    • Establishes the scope of the object of study:
      • Draws up preliminary questions and responses.
      • Collects information.
    • Evaluates elements of knowledge:
      • Determines the relevance of the information gathered.

Suggested duration:

1 or 2 classes.

Broad areas of learning:

  • Media literacy: Intellectual property, freedom of expression, privacy and reputation
  • Citizenship and community life: Awareness of the importance of the rules of social conduct and democratic institutions

Cross-curricular competencies:

  • Competency 1: Uses information
  • Competency 6: Uses information and communications technologies

External resources:

Government of Canada:

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