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Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

CIPO provides information on Canadian patents, trademarks and copyright.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The USPTO provides a full database of pending and issued United States patents, as well as detailed information on trademarks and copyright.

Patent Lens

Patent Lens is a useful worldwide, free full-text patent information resource.  It can be used to search worldwide patent applications, as well as to search patents for genetic sequence information.

A Guide to Intellectual Property for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

This guide is a product of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and provides a good overview and resource for graduate students.

Funding Opportunities

There are several opportunities for funding for new ideas and projects, as well as opportunities for ‘proof-of-principle’ research, meant to advance the commercial potential of a new invention.

Internal funding opportunities include:

OMAFRA Proof of Principle Fund

OMAFRA Proof of Principle awards are made from funds provided to the Catalyst Centre from OMAFRA’s share of commercialization revenues. They are intended to support the cost of research that will advance a previously disclosed invention towards commercialization. To be eligible, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Research must fit within one of OMAFRA’s strategic research themes
  • Expected outcomes must increase the likelihood of commercial success
  • Project must relate to a previously disclosed invention, assigned to U of G
  • Project should be of short duration (6-12 months)
  • Maximum project value is $50,000, but most will be smaller

Catalyst Centre staff are available for consultation on whether your project could qualify.