Legal & Intellectual Property (IP) works closely with both the Core and Institutional Programs teams, as well as the Office of the Vice-President (Research), General Counsel, Deans, faculty and Innovate Calgary (formerly University Technologies International). The team provides advice on the legal and business aspects of sponsored research and assists researchers in understanding options for commercialization.
The Legal & IP team advises senior administration, faculty and graduate students on a variety of issues such as:
- Interpretation of the university's Intellectual Property Policy as it applies to research and commercialization activity;
- Understanding the university's Overhead policy as it applies to research funding;
- Governance structures for multi-party research consortia, Centres and Institutes; and
- Strategies to manage and protect IP during the research process
An essential service the team provides is creating and facilitating research funding agreements with external partners. These partners include:
- Research Grants and Contracts;
- Collaborative research programs such as NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants and Strategic Project Grants;
- Research Chair Agreements including NSERC Industrial Research Chairs, Canada Research Chairs and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Chairs;
- Network Agreements, CFI Agreements and other agreements relating to major institutional research initiatives; and
- Confidentiality and Material Transfer Agreements.
It is important to note that agreements for medical research and clinical trials are processed through the Faculty of Medicine Research Office and Centre for Clinical Research.
Legal & IP also supports managing Disclosure of Inventions in accordance with the Intellectual Property Policy. This service extends to negotiation of Revenue Sharing Agreements with researchers from all faculties who intend to commercialize intellectual property and liaising with Innovate Calgary to connect researchers to their services.