Helping Businesses Innovate and Grow
Tap into learning at Ontario’s higher education institutions to help your business succeed with innovation and R&D. Search our Micro-credentials Portal to find fast, affordable, flexible training opportunities or take a look at some examples below.
Protecting and growing your intellectual property (IP) is key to succeeding in today’s global economy. Ontario’s businesses and entrepreneurs have many ways to access expertise on IP.
Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON) offers on-demand services including basic IP education and financial support for the protection of and commercialization of IP and IP mentorship.
Our member institutions provide education and training support innovation literacy, including the following:
Certificate in Intellectual Property Licensing
Join senior legal and IP specialists from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in this intensive Certificate program – carefully structured to equip you with in-depth knowledge of licensing agreements and key strategies legal professionals need to effectively structure, negotiate and draft IP licenses and to carry-out more effective due diligence on IP assets, including: Essentials of each type of IP and the underlying considerations, Avoiding common drafting and negotiating mistakes, Negotiating royalties, payment and audit terms, Critical issues: insolvency, tax, consulting agreements and cross-border licensing.
Certificate in Intellectual Property Strategy
This program, offered by Carleton University in Ottawa, allows participants to gain valuable insight, apply hands-on strategies, and network with fellow participants and practitioners. We will address key issues in areas of IP Strategy, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Industrial Design, Trade Secrets, Contracts and Agreements, Competitive Intelligence, understanding and mitigating risks, and monetization. The final module will help you assess and develop your strategic IP plan.
Intellectual Property in Applied Research
Understanding applied research in Ontario’s colleges will help you learn not just about Intellectual Property but also what applied research can do for your business. In this course you will meet researchers, technical team members, and industry partners to get a feel for how an applied research project unfolds and how intellectual property is addressed throughout the process.
Leadership and Inclusion (McMaster University)
Everyone has the ability to be creative and adopt innovative thinking. The first step is understanding what these topics really mean, and the multitude of ways they can occur. Learn how to implement strategies that will generate new ideas and solutions, and explore and expand possibilities using an innovative mindset.
Rotman Business Design Thinking Program
Innovation never takes the path of least resistance. It is a challenging journey with setbacks, switchbacks, and roadblocks that can make you wonder if you’re even advancing. Luckily, there is a GPS for innovation, offered to you in Rotman’s six-week online Rotman Business Design Thinking program. Under the guidance of business design expert Dr. Angèle Beausoleil, you will master a progression of steps leading to new processes for creative thinking and problem solving.
Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation
Develop your capability to successfully identify opportunities and lead projects with this innovation leadership training program offered by York University – from strategic planning to the development of new products and operational improvements. You’ll learn to identify and seize untapped business opportunities, create competitive advantage through innovation strategy, and apply design and systems thinking for an integrated approach to delivering growth.
View the Strategic Leadership and Innovation micro-credential