Intellectual Property Guide

The University of British Columbia has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding research and an excellent track record of translating that research into socially and economically relevant products and services. Over 230 companies have emerged as a result of UBC research, ranking UBC as one of the top 10 company-creating universities in North America. In 2020, the United States Patent Office issued more patents to UBC than to any other university in Canada.

All members of the UBC community must be knowledgeable about intellectual property so they can protect their own rights and respect the rights of others. This Guide is a concise introduction to the University policies and academic practices concerning intellectual property. It also recognizes that different academic disciplines have different traditions and standards. The examples in this Guide are illustrative and not exhaustive.