Guidelines for the use of Intellectual Property managed by Earth Sciences Sector

In the course of achieving their mandate, government employees often develop intellectual property.  Intellectual property has both scientific and commercial value and is managed by the Management Services and International Affairs Division as an important asset of the Government of Canada.

  • Intellectual property developed and managed by the Management Services and International Affairs Division on behalf of the Government of Canada includes (but is not limited to):
    • techniques, methods, processes, models, formula
    • know-how
    • inventions
    • data
    • designs, drawings, specifications, plans
    • photographs
    • reports, studies, manuals
    • programs including computer hardware and software and source code
    • all patents, copyrights, trademarks and industrial designs arising therefrom
  • Intellectual property developed and managed by the Management Services and International Affairs Division may only be used with the express written permission of an authorized manager in the Earth Sciences Sector.  In most cases, this authority will be granted in the form of an Intellectual Property Licence.  The sector uses standard Intellectual Property Licences developed explicitly for our use in licensing government-produced intellectual property.
  • The sector is committed to providing industry with opportunities to commercialize its intellectual property rather than undertaking commercialization itself.
  • In negotiating licences with the private sector, the Government of Canada seeks a fair return on its investments while recognizing the company’s need to build a viable business.

When making intellectual property available to the private sector for commercialization, the government is committed to following a fair and open process for identifying and selecting companies.