Engaging with the NRC: options for Intellectual Property (IP)

The NRC offers a range of options for managing and licensing intellectual property (IP), depending on your research goals, the nature of the IP, and the funding model for IP development. Our most common IP models are shown below. Talk to us to find an option that works best for your organization.

Proposed IP Dissemination Models

Open collaboration Strategic collaboration Targeted research Technology transfer
Non-competitive research projects Pre-competitive research projects Competitive research projects Access to existing NRC IP
Research goal Develop know-how (such as standards and test procedures) for the public good. Address common or generic challenges to commercialization or develop platform technologies as the basis for future products. Enhance your organization's competitiveness by building on your existing IP or by developing new IP specific to your needs. Access existing NRC IP that helps you achieve your research or commercialization objectives.
Nature of IP Public interest IP to maximize public good. Foundational IP that helps bridge the commercialization chasm. Competitive IP to improve your commercialization outcomes. Competitive IP that supports your business needs.
Approach Arising IP broadly published; no patent protection sought. Each party provides a non-exclusive commercial licence to their arising IP to the other party/parties. The NRC grants your organization a commercial licence in your field of use or sells your organization rights in an invention. The NRC grants your organization a commercial licence in your field of use or sells your organization rights in an invention.
Funding model Your organization and the NRC make in-kind contributions. Your organization makes cash and/or in-kind contributions; the NRC makes an in-kind contribution. Your organization pays the fees for the research and may pay fees/royalties for a licence or pay a fee to purchase invention rights. Your organization pays fees/royalties for a licence or pays a fee to purchase invention rights.
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