Response to COVID-19 - updated July 30

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 our people, clients, and community. With the gradual reopening of businesses and resumption of activities, and new temporary City of Calgary Face Coverings bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 26M2020), Innovate Calgary, and the Life Sciences Innovation Hub continues to implement the following business practices:  

  • Implementation of wearing non-medical masks in indoor public spaces within the Life Sciences Innovation Hub (common areas, hallways, elevators, and areas where physical distancing is limited);
  • Requiring all guests to wear a face mask when visiting the Life Sciences Innovation Hub;
  • Working from home;
  • Controlled access to the Life Sciences Innovation Hub limited to members, tenants, business guests, and staff;
  • Deploying health and safety protocols that include sanitation, disinfection, physical distancing, and proper hygiene protocols (handwashing, PPE, etc.).

Additional resources/information:
UCalgary COVID-19 Response

UCalgary COVID-19 Guidance for UCalgary Researchers

City of Calgary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw

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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.