“Registering” a business most often refers to registering the name of a business. In Ontario, it is a legal requirement to register your business name if you are operating a sole proprietorship (1 owner) or partnership (more than 1 owner) under a business name other than your exact legal name.
The term Intellectual property (IP) covers original ideas, designs, discoveries, inventions and creative work produced by an individual or group.
When starting a small business there are many considerations and decisions to make about your business, least of all the legal contracts or documents you need as well. Here is a list of standard legal contracts and policies that are important and might be required for your business.
If you want to safeguard your business name, registering it as a trademark is the most effective way. However, name registration only provides protection against other businesses in Ontario using your name, while trademark registration secures your name across Canada.