Transferring Intellectual Property from Government

Laboratories to Industry

[Changing the Organizational Culture]

This two day workshop is designed to provide R&D personnel with the knowledge and skills required to effectively work with the private sector and their internal business development/technology transfer office to market and commercialize the output of research and development activities.  This workshop will enable departments to meet the government's commitment that the "transfer of knowledge and technology is an explicit objective of federal S&T"

Who Should Attend

R&D personnel in the following categories would benefit from this course:

  • First or second level R&D supervisor (e.g. Section Head);
  • Bench level scientists, research engineers or technologists who must interact with departmental business development or technology transfer officers, or directly with the private sector.

Workshop Outline

1. Role of Technology Transfer in Canada

  • Definition of Technology Transfer
  • Role of Government Laboratories
  • Importance to Canada
  • Fit with Departmental Mandate
  • Evaluating the Transfer Process
  • Value to the Company
  • Value to the Lab and Researcher

2.  Promoting Effective Technology Transfer

  • Technological Innovation Process
  • Technological Transfer Process
  • IP Communications Strategies
  • Role of the Inventor(s)
  • Marketing Technology to the Private Sector
  • Technology Transfer Best Practices
  • Impediments to Technology Transfer

3. Managing Intellectual Property

  • Government Policies
  • Disclosure and Patent Protection Procedures
  • Anatomy of a License
  • Establishing Royalty Rates
  • Revenue Distribution Policies
  • Conflict of Interest Issues

4. Establishing Collaborative R&D Alliances

  • Picking a Partner/Adopter
  • Qualifying a Partner
  • Factors Associated with Successful Partnerships
  • Difficulties in Establishing a Partnership
  • Difficulties that Can Occur During the Course of a Partnership
  • Establishing a Consortium

Additional topics can be added


Workshop Director: Thomas E. Clarke, M.Sc., M.B.A.

Mr. Clarke has designed and presented R&D management courses to scientific personnel in government and industrial laboratories for twenty-eight years, and has been a consultant  to several government departments on technology transfer and intellectual property management.


Stargate Consultants Limited
Box 2010, Nanaimo, BC
Canada, V9R 6X5
Tel/Fax: (250) 755-3066