Introducing the IP Education Program – an important first step in today’s knowledge economy.
The Intellectual Property (IP) Education Program is an interactive, free, online training program from the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship to equip students, faculty, and staff with a broad foundation in intellectual property and its general applications in today’s knowledge economy.
Built by renowned IP domain experts and leveraging best-in-class resources from organizations, including the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), this program will introduce learners to the basics of IP and related topics, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. Connecting theory with real-world examples, students will be given the tools to recognize when they create something of value and the steps required to protect it.
The program has two offerings (Level 1 and Level 2).
- Level 1 (IP Foundations) consists of two modules covering the definition of IP (its different forms and its value), and one module on how to file a patent. (Time commitment: approximately 2 hours.)
No prior knowledge of intellectual property is required to take Level 1.
- Level 2 (IP Strategy and Application) is a more in-depth look at the subject, consisting of six modules ranging from IP strategy and commercialization to IP best practices for startups and entrepreneurs. (Time commitment: approximately 3-4 hours.).
Learners must complete Level 1 before beginning Level 2.
For each level, learners are expected to spend 2-4 hours to complete the modules and associated quizzes. Modules will also be augmented by case studies, optional instructor-led workshops and expert panel sessions to provide students with exposure to practitioners, thought leaders and entrepreneurs to share personal advice and customized education. Attendance at these workshops and events is not required but is highly recommended.
Successful completion of each level will be recognized on a student’s Co-Curricular Record as a Knowledge Creation and Innovation credential for Level 1 and Strategic Thinking credential for Level 2.
WHY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS MATTER
This initiative stems from an expert panel’s recommendation to the Ontario government, stressing the need to protect and secure intellectual property made in country. According to the 2019 CIPO Report: “Businesses that have higher awareness of IP along with those that hold formal IP are much more likely to experience higher growth, expand their markets, and receive various types of financing.”
The panel also raised concerns regarding Canada’s patent performance vs. other jurisdictions. As intellectual property becomes an increasingly important driver in economic prosperity, the need to bridge the IP awareness gap for innovators and entrepreneurs has never been more relevant.
The IP Education Program is freely available to all U of T students from all disciplines, as well as post‐doctorate fellows, faculty and staff on Quercus. Alumni with an active UTORID may also sign up. Alumni without an active UTORID should contact the Reader Registration desk before registering for the IP Education Program to request a temporary UTORID and forward the details to firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to Quercus.
Registration for this program is on a rolling basis and is meant to be completed at your own pace. Level 1 is now open.
To register for the program, please fill out this online Registration Form.
For those external to the University of Toronto community and educators, the modules have been packaged for download and import into academic courses or other research or entrepreneurship-related initiatives, with a goal of promoting broader access and re-use. They are now available under a Creative Common License through the Open UToronto site, our UofT hub for sharable educational resources.
To access the Open Utoronto site, please visit: https://ocw.utoronto.ca/ip-education.
IP Matters: Know Your Rights
Celebrating the Launch of U of T’s IP Education Program
On November 12, in celebration of the launch of the IP Education Program, The University of Toronto hosted a presentation and interactive fireside chat on the importance of IP Rights and the opportunities presented when we are able to successfully protect and commercialize IP in today’s knowledge-based economy.
The panel featured some of Canada’s top IP legal experts and leading entrepreneurs, including Natalie Raffoul, Jim Hinton, Myra Tawfik, and Saara Virani. The Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, also gave remarks on the importance of IP Rights to Ontario’s economic growth.
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