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A Model of Intellectual Property Practices for College-Business Applied Research

Ottawa, May 10, 2012 – ACCC unveils a national model for intellectual property (IP) practices for colleges and institutes.

The IP Toolkit is a compilation of best practices applicable across Canada. It will assist in the management of IP in collaborative applied research between institutions and in projects between colleges, and with their industry and community partners, and guide development of new tools.

“The breadth of college-based applied research requires that institutions have effective and efficient processes for managing research projects and collaborative partnerships, and for meeting the reporting requirements of funders,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “Unlike most universities, colleges often have a single applied research office with limited in-house resources that will vary with the size and scope of the college’s applied research enterprise. This practical tool will help colleges and institutes work together and encourage knowledge sharing.”

Although small groups of colleges currently work together to share practices, a cross-Canada model of IP practices and exemplars can be adapted to the requirements of each institution and province.

“This toolkit will serve as a resource to help colleges tap into best-practices related to intellectual property agreements, and develop their own approaches – approaches that will help them in working with businesses,” said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

The IP Toolkit is available at:


For more information, contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière
Manager, Communications and Information Services
Tel: (613) 746-2222 ext. 3123