Do the products of my research have commercialization potential? Could they contribute to fill an existing societal need? How and when should I discuss these questions?
Understanding and realizing the value of intellectual property (IP) grows in importance each year as a component of university research activity. The RIO will work to promote IP literacy and encourage researchers:
- to integrate thinking of the commercialization potential into the research continuum, and
- to consider The Market Road [.pdf] (see p.4 in link).
Such an approach will not always lead to commercialization, but will help identify potentially valuable developments in a timely manner. Given the Faculty's excellence in research, there is strong probability of more invention disclosures and better translation of research innovations into products. Much more info via McGill's Office of Sponsored Research
PATENTS are the most frequent type of IP encountered in university technology transfer. The links below give access to patent offices and searchable patent databases.