Level 1 – IP Foundations consists of two modules covering the definition of IP – its value and different forms including patents, trademarks and copyright – and one module on the basics of how to file a patent.
Recommended for all students, faculty and researchers. No prior knowledge of intellectual property is required to take Level 1.
Level 1 overview
Module 1 – Definition of Intellectual Property and its Different Forms
Module 2 – The Value of IP
Module 3 – Filing Patents
Time commitment: approximately 2 hours
This online program will be supplemented by optional workshops and events outside of this training as part of a general IP education program at the University of Toronto. Participation in these events is highly encouraged but not required for the completion of the program.
Level 1 is now open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and alumni on Quercus. Registration for this program is ongoing and is intended to be completed at your own pace. To register for the course, please fill out the online registration form.
Following a peer review of the IP Level 1 course against the learning objectives set out by the Ontario Expert Panel on Intellectual Property in their February 2020 Report, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has endorsed the Level 1 – IP Foundations as an optional course for anyone involved in the research, intellectual property ecosystem, or postsecondary sector in Ontario.
Did you know?
the number of years copyrights generally last, after for the life of the author.
Registered Trademarks are renewable every 10 years.
Registered Industrial Designs grant exclusive rights in Canada for up to 15 years.
A patent can offer up to 20 years of exclusive rights to an invention after a patent is filed.
Let others know that you know IP.
U of T students who successfully complete Level 1 will receive recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) as a Knowledge Creation and Innovation credential for Level 1.
For those external to the University of Toronto community and educators, the Level 1 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 U of T hub for sharable educational resources.
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.