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Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property? 

Intellectual Property are inventions, artwork, designs, and other works that have been given a tangible form. An idea by itself is not a form of intellectual property. Some common forms of Intellectual Property are trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Like all other forms of property, intellectual property rights and ownership, are regulated by the federal government in order to enable the creators of it to reap the associated recognition or financial benefits. 

For more information on intellectual Property, see consult our "Intellectual Property 101" or contact John Knight, Manager, Corporate Research Partnerships (X. 7374), in the Office of Research.

Trent's Intellectual Property Policy

The importance behind the production and creation of knowledge is fully understood by Trent. Through publication and mobilization of this knowledge, Trent's researchers can strive to benefit society. As such, Trent makes no claim over the ownership of the intellectual property produced by its faculty, or students, during the course of their employment or studies. However, when intellectual property is produced through the utilization of the University's facilities, resources or services, Trent and the producer become legally, financially and ethically entwined together. It is because of this that the University asks all producers to disclose to the University when they believe that they have produced new Intellectual Property. 

Trent is willing to assist producers in the commercialization of their Intellectual Property, though producers do not have to utilize this service. For those who choose the former, an agreement will be drawn up in accordance to the Articles laid out within the "Trent University Faculty Union Collective Agreement" (Article IX: Intellectual Property and Copyright).

Confidentiality is often an important aspect of managing IP. If you have an invention, software or an idea that might lead to IP, we advise that you contact us as soon as possible and always prior to any public disclosure.

Needed Forms:

  • Preliminary Intellectual Property Disclosure Form
    • The purpose of this form is to notify the Office of Research when Intellectual Property is believed to exist
  • Invention Disclosure Form
    • The purpose of this form is to identify intellectual property created in whole or in part by members of the Trent University Community (including although not limited to students, staff and faculty, research and teaching assistants, visiting and postdoctoral scholars)
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
    • This form is used to assign or transfer entire rights, title and interest in one's Intellectual Property
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
    • Trent's typical non-disclosure agreement. Used in the development or commercialization of Intellectual Property.