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New learning tool on intellectual property available to colleges

Ottawa, September 22, 2011 – A case study on intellectual property for colleges was released by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) today.

The case study called John Thomson’s Entrepreneurial Venture was designed to increase awareness about intellectual property (IP) for students and staff in business and entrepreneurship programs or involved in applied research projects.

This collaborative initiative between CIPO and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) addresses an emerging need for intellectual property information and education within colleges and institutes”, said James Knight, ACCC President and CEO.CIPO’s case study reflects a real-life situation that students and staff are likely to encounter in both their academic and professional lives”.

The John Thomson scenario features a young entrepreneur who turns to the Office of Applied Research of his former college for advice on how to protect and commercialize his newly designed machine.

This case study is the latest addition to a series that was launched by CIPO in 2009. The series has been used in more than 70 post-secondary institutions across the country.

Order this or any other free case studies, on CIPO’s web site at


For information contact:

Lionel Altier
Communication Advisor
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Anne Brazeau-Monnet
Senior Government Relations Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
613-746-2222, ex. 3104