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IP made easy

OwnershIP makes IP easy through experiential learning, practical resources, and actionable guidance across each stage of your business growth. Leverage up to $40,000 worth in resources, legal expertise and funding to help you develop a comprehensive IP strategy. We will develop a personal IP roadmap with you, and help navigate you through developing your IP strategy, several federal and provincial funded IP programs and funding opportunities.

Are you ready to get to work? Join OwnershIP today!

Your personal guide through the IP landscape

There are a lot of intellectual property focused grants and programs available but navigating this landscape can be complicated. Through OwnershIP at Innovation Factory we act as your personal concierge, guiding you through the IP program landscape, opening doors, making connections, and supporting your strategic development. The programs we work with include:

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An intellectual property plan you can put to work

 As an eligible program participant, you will walk away with:

  • Access up to$30,000 in funding and resources
  • Receive your own personalized IP Playbook to guide your business as it grows
  • Develop a Strategic Action Plan, reviewed by IP lawyers that includes your business’ IP GAP analysis, and GAP-to-Risk Scorecard
  • A letter of support from Innovation Factory to support documentation for future government funds such as NRC IRAP’s IP Assist
"Innovation Factory's OwnershIP program has helped us accelerate our IP strategy development, by creating a structured learning process and building connections with legal professionals that understand the needs and hurdles of a climate tech start-up."
Alex Liu
Founder & CEO, Hydrogen Works

Program outline

See below for information on the OwnershIP program, eligibility, applying and more.

OwnershIP by Innovation Factory brings together experiential learning, legal aid, and a curated intellectual property toolkit to help Canadian small to medium enterprises (SMEs) build their personalized IP strategic action plan, while leveraging federally and provincially funded programs. Innovators will learn about intellectual property instruments (patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.) and identify which is best for their company. 

Through live and on-demand workshops, and accompanying resources and tools, OwnershIP guides cohorts of innovative Canadian SMEs through the IP landscape and acts as their concierge for federal and provincial IP programs. OwnershIP participants can go on to be considered for future funding and strategic support towards developing their IP and IP strategy.

The OwnershIP program is open to Canadian SMEs across all stages of growth, specifically those that are:

  • Working on an innovative technology, product, process, or service
  • Have, or are working toward bringing their innovation to market in Canada or globally
  • Have, or are working toward product-market fit in the form of investment, sales, pilots, or combination thereof
  • Have, or intend to hire a workforce in Canada


If you have questions about your eligibility or the program, please contact: [email protected]

To participate in OwnershIP, interested businesses must fill out the application form.

If you are not currently an Innovation Factory client, you will also be required to fill out our client application intake form. There is no cost to becoming a client of Innovation Factory.

Upon submitting your OwnershIP application (and subsequent iF client intake form, if applicable) a team member from Innovation Factory will be in touch to update you on the status of your application and to schedule your first OwnershIP meeting where more eligibility criteria may be required.

The application process can range from 1 – 2 weeks.

You will work through the program at your own pace. The program timeline is approximately 3-months long but it is what you make of it.

Regular program touch-points will occur monthly for the first 3 months.

The program is currently open for applications.

With thanks to our Program Partners

Still have questions?

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the program!

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