All members of the research project should discuss intellectual property rights before starting the research. Participants should be aware of any restrictions relating to ownership, publication and use of any work (including data or results), and to what extent the work may be used for academic credit. Contracts and grants from the private sector are increasingly common and are encouraged by CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.
If the work is being conducted under a private sector contract or grant, publication of the work and rights to patents or other forms of intellectual property may be subject to a number of restrictions. At the outset of the project, the professor should disclose these restrictions to the student and the advisory or supervisory committee and determine if the work is suitable for thesis research. In addition, at the outset of your graduate research you should understand the conditions of the scholarship, grant, research sponsor, contract or professor. Please refer to Documenting the Research Relationship.