Professional Development

IP and Contracts for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

August 10, 2014

Ever wondered if you really understand the employment and research contracts you are signing as a graduate student, a research assistant or a postdoctoral fellow? Are you fully aware of your Intellectual Property [IP] rights as you develop new ideas through your research? Then this introductory workshop is a good place to start.

Bringing together legal and commercialization expertise, this workshop will offer an overview of SFU’s IP policy and how it relates to patents and commercialization, employment and nondisclosure contracts. A brief introduction of SFU’s inventor services, business incubation and acceleration programs will also be provided.

IP and Contracts for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Thursday, September 11, 2–4 pm
Research Commons, SFU Library, 7th floor, Bennett Library
Light refreshments will be served

This interactive workshop features:

  • Ian Hand, Managing Director, SFU Innovation Office
  • Greg Sasges, In-House Legal Counsel, SFU, Office of Research Services
  • Sze-Mei Yeung, Richards Buell Sutton LLP 

Students will leave this workshop with:

  • an understanding of relevant IP concepts to their work as students (and as potential innovators), in collaboration with PIs and supervisors, in the context of University lab employment and with faculty & independent contractor relationships
  • an understanding of the University's policies related to IP with especial emphasis on the implications to students of SFU's inventor-owned policy.
  • an ability to recognize and understand the implications of IP-related language found in non-disclosure agreements, employment and consulting agreements.

This workshop is open to all Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Faculty and staff may attend as requested.

As seating is limited, and to help us order adequate catering, please RSVP at

See also: Intellectual Property for graduate students

Handouts from the event

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