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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Trade secrets

A trade secret is something that a business keeps secret to give it a competitive advantage. Trade secrets can resemble many types of intellectual property such as the composition of matter or a process for manufacturing that is very efficient or gives a superior product. A trade secret could also be a copyrighted material such as a software code that is kept secret.

To maintain rights to a trade secret, a company must be able to show it has taken measures to protect it (e.g. keeping information locked in filing cabinets and behind restricted access doors). Damages for leaking trade secrets can be sought through the courts with a successful lawsuit likely dependent on being able to prove that the discloser of the secret had no right to disclose it.

Industrial designs 

You can obtain proprietary rights to a version of a common, or not so common, object. More information is available via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.