Level 2 – IP Strategy and Application is a series of special topics, ranging from IP strategy and commercialization to IP best practices for inventors and entrepreneurs.

All learners must complete Level 1 – IP Foundations before beginning Level 2.

Did you know?

70 %

of U of T licensees are already known to inventors and IPO staff.

60 – 75%

of the annual net revenues from the commercialization of IP that was created with substantial use of University resources is retained by inventors

Up to 1 year

after public disclosure. The grace period in Canada and the United States for inventions to be disclosed by the inventor.

Topic 1 – University of Toronto startup guide

This training consists of four modules providing an overview of steps to consider when deciding to become an entrepreneur, create a startup company, license IP assets and raise funding. It also covers a summary of strategies and practices for managing the licensed IP and building the startup’s IP portfolio. (Time commitment: approximately 2 hours.)

  • Module 1 – Deciding to Create a Startup
  • Module 2 – Founding a startup based on Research IP
  • Module 3 – Licensing and Financing
  • Module 4 – After the License Deal
  • Case Study

Strongly recommended for founders of startup companies that leverage intellectual property, research and deep technology.

Level 2 topics are now open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have completed Level 1. To register for Level 2, Topic 1 – University of Toronto Startup Guide, complete the form at the link below.

Topic 2 – University of Toronto inventor’s guide

This training consists of two modules to introduce learners to the University of Toronto’s IP policy for inventions created at the university and the process for protecting IP and subsequent commercialization. (Time commitment: approximately 2 hours)

  • Module 1 – Introduction to UofT’s Inventions Policy
  • Module 2 – Technology Transfer Process Lifecycle
    • 2.1 Introduction to Technology Transfer Process
    • 2.2 Invention Disclosures, Assessments, and IP Protection (Patents)
    • 2.3 Marketing and Licensing of U of T IP
    • 2.4 Commercialization and Revenue Sharing of U of T IP
  • Case Study

Strongly recommended for students and researchers with intellectual property that might value, be it in a startup, licensed to a corporation, etc.

Level 2 topics are now open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have completed Level 1. To register for Level 2, Topic 2 – University of Toronto Inventor’s Guide, complete the form at the link below.

Topic 3 – Patent Strategies

This training consists of five modules to provide a better understanding of patents in the commercialization process. Learners will be introduced to the steps and strategies involved in patents, including preparing and filing a Patent Application to obtain a patent in Canada, the US and other countries, preparing for Patent Examinations, and building an Intellectual Property Portfolio.

(Time commitment: approximately 3-4 hours.)

  • Module 1: Approaches To Protecting IP
  • Module 2: Patent Applications
  • Module 3: Patent Examination
  • Module 4: IP Portfolio Management
  • Module 5: IP Assets For Commercialization

Strongly recommended for entrepreneurs, start-ups, student researchers, faculty and staff who are developing IP and are interested in obtaining patents in Canada, the U.S., and other countries.

Level 2 topics are now open to all University of Toronto students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have completed Level 1. To register for Level 2, Topic 3 – Patent Strategies, complete the form at the link below.

More Information

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 completion of the program.

Let others know that you know IP.

U of T students who successfully complete Level 2 will receive recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) as:

For those external to the University of Toronto community, Level 2 is not available at this time.

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