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The innovation transfer and business incubator at the University of Calgary

Licensing and Company Formation | Intellectual Property Management | Commercialization

Technology and Innovation Marketing | Industry Partnership Liaise 


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.