Ontario Strengthens Intellectual Property Expertise

Published on April 28, 2021

The Ontario government is supporting nearly 900 postsecondary student internships to help businesses, start-ups and new entrepreneurial companies grow and protect “Ontario made” innovations, ideas and products. This includes a pilot project that will help ensure companies build solid strategies for developing and protecting intellectual property. This program, the first of its kind in Ontario, will meet the needs of local industries by helping them build solid business strategies that can help protect their intellectual property.


The internships, which include an initial target of up to 100 spaces in the intellectual property (IP) stream, will be offered through Mitacs, a national non-profit organization that builds partnerships to support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Taking action to strengthen Ontario’s Intellectual Property expertise is critical to Ontario’s economic recovery following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses with IP assets have higher rates of growth and are important job creators.


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