The advantage of engaging with Fanshawe Centre for Research & Innovation: your intellectual property is yours

College policy ensures that all intellectual property (IP) owned prior to the project commencement AND developed throughout the research project belongs to the industry partner.

Intellectual Property Toolkit

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), formerly the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), a national body representing Canada's colleges, institutes and polytechnics – has developed a web toolkit designed to help Canadian colleges and institutes identify and manage intellectual property (IP) related to applied research project activities with industry or community partners. This practical tool is designed to help colleges and institutes work together and encourage knowledge sharing. It also serves as an excellent introduction to IP for researchers and students. The toolkit was developed with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

View CICan's webpage



Commercialization Mandate

The Province of Ontario issued its Commercialization Mandate Policy Framework in early 2022. The objective of Ontario’s Commercialization Mandate Policy Framework is to harness the intellectual property generated with the institution’s resources to achieve Ontario’s goal of ensuring that made-in-Ontario innovations benefit Ontarians.

Fanshawe College is committed to supporting Ontario’s Commercialization Mandate Policy Framework within the context of the role Ontario colleges play in applied research and innovation. 

Fanshawe College is uniquely positioned to collaborate with industry partners to advance innovation and facilitate commercialization of intellectual property in Ontario that creates economic and social benefits for our communities. In particular, applied research activities taking place at Ontario’s publicly funded colleges in partnership with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) create innovative solutions to challenges being experienced in our communities in a variety of settings. These innovations will be a key driver for sustainable economic recovery, growth, and competitiveness in Ontario and will be critically important as we collectively emerge from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

In order to increase innovation at the community and regional level, Fanshawe College will continue to rely on funding from granting agencies, primarily federal agencies, as the operating funding provided to colleges does not reflect the overhead costs of exploring, developing and overseeing applied research projects. 

Ontario’s Commercialization Mandate Framework provides an opportunity to advance the role of the publicly funded college sector in research and innovation. Fanshawe College looks forward to continuing to support our partners in the commercialization of intellectual property to realize the full benefits for all Ontarians.