Innovation management

UVic Innovation Management supports faculty, staff and students through their innovation journey. We aid in the development of research partnerships, intellectual property management (IP), commercialization, licensing and start-ups.

We offer support with the management and development of novel ideas, inventions, processes and technologies to bring them to reality. We’ll help you turn your ideas into tangible products and services that will benefit society and make a positive global impact.

What is intellectual property?

As defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

Through a patent, the government grants you—the inventor—the right to prevent others from making, using or selling your invention from the day the patent was granted up to a maximum of 20 years after the day you filed your patent application.

WIPO divides intellectual property into two main categories:

  1. industrial property, including patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications
  2. copyright, which covers literary works (such novels, poems and plays), films, music, artistic works (such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures) and architectural design. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

A Guide to Copyright – The Government of Canada

There are three basic criteria for patentability:

  1. Novelty: the invention must be the first of its kind in the world
  2. Utility: a granted patent will not be obtained for something that does not work or does not have a useful function. The invention needs to be useful
  3. Inventiveness: your invention must be a new development or an improvement of an existing technology that provides a non-obvious solution

A Guide to Patents – The Government of Canada

UVic Intellectual Property (IP) policy

UVic's intellectual property policy is a “creator-owned” policy. It’s designed to promote a supportive climate for the development of IP and the provision of services based upon mutually beneficial partnerships that respect the interests of researchers and industry, the university, and the wider community.

IP disclosure

All inventions created by UVic faculty, staff and students must be disclosed to the Research Partnerships Office. To disclose an invention, please fill out and submit an Invention Disclosure Form to an Industry Liaison Officer (ILO). 

Connect with an Industry Liaison Officer (ILO)