An assessment identifies the potential for patents and other intellectual property, technology development funding, licensing and collaborative research.


The assessment involves the following steps:

  1. Submit a disclosure through our online form (docx, 145 KB – login required).
    • ISS will provide an initial report to you on potential opportunities
  2. ISS will provide an initial report to you on potential opportunities. Where a business case can be made, work with your BDM to develop a technology transfer plan that includes intellectual property protection, the market and potential partners, and development plan, including funding.

The assessment consists of three key elements.

Key elements

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Intellectual property (IP) assessment

An IP assessment determines whether the research results are patentable. It analyzes the prior art (past publications, patents, presentations, posters and products on the market) to determine if the results meet the key patenting criteria: novelty, obviousness and usefulness.

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Technology development funding

Once you understand the market opportunity, you can create a technology development plan. We help identify applied research and development opportunities to bring the technology to market. We also help the research team to access funds from partners, as well as from funding programs such as NSERC CRD, NSERC I2I, CIHR, Genome Canada and Government of Ontario programs..

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Market assessment

A market assessment identifies whether there is a need for the proposed products or services. It looks at end users, market size, potential products, competition and companies that may want to license the technology.