Level 1: IP Foundations

Level 1 – IP Foundations consists of 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 – 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)

  • Module 1 – Definition of Intellectual Property and its Different Forms
  • Module 2 – The Value of IP
  • Module 3 – Filing Patents

This online program will be augmented with optional lectures, workshops and presentations 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 completion of the program.

For current students: successful completion of Level 1 will receive a Knowledge Creation and Innovation credential on their Co-Curricular Record.


Level 1 is now open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and alumni. 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.

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.


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.


Please contact: ipeducation.entrepreneurship@utoronto.ca.