Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development (IPED)

The Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development (IPED) office is the first point of contact for researchers, industry, and other external parties who wish to establish an industry-academic research partnership, or a research contract or agreement between university researchers and a government or non-profit organization.

The Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development (IPED) is an intellectual property resource for faculty, staff, and students, and an important priority for Lakehead University as a whole.

More specifically, the following Innovation services provided by the IPED office:

  • Handling of intellectual property protection issues (including patents and copyright),
  • Licensing of University technology,
  • Serving as a liaison between industry, the local community, and the University,
  • Assisting with university-industry-government collaborative programs,
  • Supporting the creation and development of start-up knowledge-based businesses, and
  • Overseeing the overall management of the University's intellectual property.

The IPED office is also responsible for negotiation and drafting of several different types of agreements including those dealing with:

  • Intellectual property ownership assignments,
  • Licensing agreements,
  • Sponsored research,
  • Industrial grants & research contracts,
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure,
  • Collaboration and Consortium Agreements, and
  • Material Transfer Agreements.