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IP Rights in North America  

North America is the third-largest of the seven continents, located for the most part between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle. It occupies the northern portion of the landmass, generally referred to as the New World, the Western Hemisphere, or simply the Americas. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the North Pacific Ocean to the west.

Intellectual Property (IP) is a driving force behind the economy of North America. Different countries of this continent have recognized the importance of IP over the period and have provided for its protection in their respective laws, rules, and regulations. Let us now make ourselves familiar with the IP laws prevalent in different countries of North America to adequately protect the IP surrounding products and prevent infringing third-party IP in the region.