Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

Research Partnerships and Commercialization Workshop

The Queen’s Research Partnerships and Commercialization Workshop (RP&CW) is a two-day program covering topics such as market/technology assessments, design thinking, intellectual property, effective communication, and commercialization strategies to support your research, research partnerships, and commercialization/startup formation activities.

The program is designed for graduate students (including those in professional programs such as Law or Medicine), post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members conducting research in fields in which knowledge mobilization or commercialization of the research outcome is likely or who have a startup idea.

Participants can expect to:

  • Learn how to conduct searches using patent databases and primary/secondary market research to broaden literature review
  • Learn about and use design thinking to incorporate information received from primary market research into research/commercialization plans
  • Understand types and importance of intellectual property (utility patents, industrial design patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets) as well as considerations in agreements/contracts used when interacting or collaborating with industry
  • Learn about patentable subject matter, novelty, non-obviousness, utility, impact of prior publications/public use, and inventorship
  • Implement effective strategies for communicating technical subject matter to non-technical audiences including how to pitch a technology and/or startup and how to address questions during pitch sessions
  • Understand commercialization activities needed to advance a technology from the lab to the market
  • Participate in breakout sessions and complete assignments to further your commercialization project


For more detailed information, please see the RP&CW PDF (PDF, 240 KB)


How to apply:

Applications open on September 8, 2020 and close October 2, 2020.

Fill in the online application for the Research Partnerships and Commercialization Workshop.