Copyright and Trademark FAQs

A copyright is an intellectual property right which establishes the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish, or perform an original creation, such as a literary (including software), artistic, dramatic or musical work. This allows the owner of the work to control who can use it and how it can be used. 

Registration of copyright is not required for it to be valid. However, if the commercialization plan identifies that copyright registration is needed, McGill will proceed with a filing. 

Is the Office of Innovation responsible for the commercialization of copyrightable materials? 

The Office of Innovation (the Office) commercializes only software copyright material covered under the McGill intellectual property policy. All other copyrights belong to the creator/author and can be commercialized without the involvement of the Office. 

The format is shown below. If the work has been disclosed as an invention, the owner is McGill University, otherwise the creators should be listed. The date references the year the work was created. 

© Owner Date 

Please refer to the following link: http://www.mcgill.ca/copyright/

Does McGill register trademarks? 

McGill does not register trademarks. This is the responsibility of the inventors.