Response to COVID-19

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Innovate Calgary and the Life Sciences Innovation Hub facility have taken steps to protect the health of our people, clients, and community.  

We remain open for business and have enabled the following into our business practices:

  • Working from home;
  • The transition of in-person meetings, workshops, and events to digital formats/delivery, where possible;
  • Restricted access to the Life Sciences Innovation Hub, which is presently open. A small team of staff are continuing to keep our facility operational and are deploying proper sanitation and disinfection practices to keep this working space safe.

Our team is available to advise and support at all times.  

Informational resources: 

UCalgary COVID-19 Response

UCalgary COVID-19 Guidance for UCalgary Researchers

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What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as artistic works, discoveries, innovations, and inventions.

Intellectual property rights may be secured under patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret laws.

How long does innovation transfer take?

There is no definitive timeline. The transfer process depends on a variety of factors including the stage of development for the innovation, market need, impact of competitors, and the resources and time required to bring an innovation to a market-ready status. It can take months to years.

I have a presentation/publication coming up. Does it impact my ability to patent?

If you have an upcoming presentation or a publication where you will be disclosing your invention (i.e., poster sessions, presentations, abstract, publications, etc.) it could impact the patentability and commercialization of your invention.

Please reach out to us to discuss your options prior to presenting or publishing your idea/concept/technology.

Who owns the intellectual property created by UCalgary researchers?

Researchers at the university are first owners of the intellectual property created in their work in accordance with the University of Calgary's Intellectual Property Policy. 

What is a disclosure?

A disclosure is a written description of your innovation. The submission of a disclosure begins the formal commercialization process.