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.

Did you know?

50 years

the number of years copyrights generally last, after for the life of the author.

10 years

Registered Trademarks are renewable every 10 years.

15 years

Registered Industrial Designs grant exclusive rights in Canada for up to 15 years.

Up to 20 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.

To access the Open UToronto site, please visit: https://ocw.utoronto.ca/ip-education.

The course is also available through the Open Library of e-Campus Ontario here:


Recent Events

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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