Response to COVID-19 - updated June 10

As new re-entry protocols take effect in response to COVID-19, Innovate Calgary, and the Life Sciences Innovation Hub continue to take a measured approach for returning to work to protect the health of our people, clients, and community.  

We are open for business, and continue to implement the following business practices:

  • Working from home;
  • The transition of in-person meetings, workshops, and events to digital formats/delivery, where possible;
  • Controlled access to the Life Sciences Innovation Hub to only include members, tenants, operational staff of the Life Sciences Innovation Hub, and Innovate Calgary leadership;
  • The deployment of health and safety protocols that include sanitation, disinfection, physical distancing, and proper hygiene protocols (handwashing, PPE, face masks).

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

New re-entry protocols for designated UCalgary researchers returning to campus.  Read more.

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.