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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 2, 2016
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Intellectual Property

Wilfrid Laurier University has an inventor-own policy, meaning that, in general, a faculty member or a student who creates an intellectual property owns it, unless there is an agreement to the contrary. As there are many details to this policy, please make sure to read the univeristy policies, or contact our office.


What is Intellectual property (IP)?

According to the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada:

"Patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial designs and similar rights are referred to as "intellectual property". These rights are "property" in the sense that they are based on the legal right to exclude others from using the property and in that ownership of the rights can be transferred. The rights are "intellectual" in the sense that they protect intangible subjects, usually arising out of some form of human creativity."

For information on policies and copyright, please visit:

Ownership of student-created intellectual property

Ownership of faculty member-created intellectual property

copyright law workshop with Myra Tawfik,  DescriptionSlides