Chapter 17 Intellectual Property Guidelines

Intellectual property is any form of knowledge or expression created with one’s intellect.  Specifically, this includes inventions, publications, computer software, works of art, industrial and artistic designs, as well as other creations that can be protected under copyright, patent, or trademark laws. The two main types of intellectual property protection in the University environment are copyright and patents. For the complete Intellectual Property Guidelines at Queen`s University please click here.


In accordance with Queen’s University policy, intellectual property is created as a result of research, which in the case of graduate student research is often collaborative research, and is owned by the creators. However, the University retains a royalty-free irrevocable right to use for educational and research purposes any intellectual property created by a student in relation to her/his research activities. The student should be aware of and adhere to the University policy on the ownership of intellectual property and the retention of any information relevant to the research program by the University for educational and research purposes and to respect any contractual terms under which thesis research is conducted. At the outset of the program, supervisors should discuss with their students issues related to intellectual property. Original data should be retained in the laboratory or the department/program of the principal investigator and accessible to those involved in the research (supervisor and  student). Guidelines of the General Research Ethics Board and the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board should be followed as appropriate and in accordance with the procedure describe in the ethics submission. It should be recognized that the data should be retained in the designated location (e.g. lab, department/program) for a reasonable period beyond the time of publication and beyond the end of the grant period. In many disciplines, the supervisor plays a significant role in guiding the development, direction and completion of the student's research project such that the supervisor and student are both considered to have contributed intellectually to the research. Both students and supervisors must conform to the university policy on intellectual property. As an institution of intellectual inquiry, Queen’s is committed to fostering intellectual inquiry and transferring results to society and making them accessible. The ownership of intellectual property must not be used to suppress or distort research work conducted by members of the university.