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SFU enjoys the fastest growing research income among research universities in Canada, having surpassed $100-million in 2013 and reached $161-million in 2019.

This growth has led to a commensurate growth in technical innovations and new IP. The university ensures that, wherever possible, these developments get out into the world to drive innovation and change. The Technology Licensing Office is a key part of this innovation strategy. Here, the team focuses specifically on protecting and licensing technology and other IP. If the innovation is ready for market, staff will lead the development of a patent protection strategy, including patent management, portfolio management and patent analysis for SFU inventors.

Our office is a key piece of the university’s innovation framework, which includes SFU programs like Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®, our flagship program for early-stage ventures, and SFU Venture Labs, our business accelerator.


Invention disclosure

SFU's Technology Licensing team will soon be fully staffed to provide different options for protecting your intellectual property (IP) to help maximize its value to industry and community. The office is currently staffed with a Director who can guide client counselling and patent protection up to patent management, portfolio management and patent analysis for SFU inventors.


IP policy

Policy R30.03 on Intellectual Property was approved by the SFU Board of Governors on July 22, 2004 and is in effect for intellectual property (IP) created after that date.

A creator who elects to commercialize his/her IP must disclose such election in writing, as described in Appendix B, Commercialization Procedures. Disclosures using the Intellectual Property Disclosure Form, Appendix C to the Policy.

Information on other policies pertaining to research at SFU can be reviewed on the Policies and Procedures website.


Last updated: June 25, 2020