University of Toronto Commercialization Framework

Who is this for?

Any University of Toronto (U of T) stakeholder who is interested in the management and protection of Intellectual Property (IP) and learning about the institutional supports for commercialization and entrepreneurship at U of T.

What do I need before I can begin?

There is no information required to view the commercialization framework. Please reach out to the VPRI contact listed below if you have questions regarding this topic.


Research that feeds innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization is thriving at the University of Toronto (U of T). In all sectors and across our three campuses, our faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and alumni are turning ideas into products, services, jobs, and companies that are contributing to the Ontario economy and improving lives around the world.

The University is deeply committed to its public role as a leader in the discovery, preservation and sharing of knowledge. Commercialization and patent protection are critically important to the process of turning ideas and innovations into new products and services, and is valued by commercialization partners, entrepreneurs, and investors seeking to bring new innovations to the market.

As outlined in the Commercialization Framework, the University seeks to ensure all scholars are enabled to effectively identify intellectual property opportunities emerging from their research and provides institutional governance and support to effectively manage and protect IP when warranted.

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  • Respond to general questions about U of T’s commercialization framework
  • Respond to specific questions from U of T faculty members about how the framework applies to their research and activities

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