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Want to patent your discovery or invention?

Contact the U of Manitoba's Partnerships & Innovation Office.

Partnerships and Innovation
Room 410-100 Innovation Drive
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 6G2
(204) 299-6193

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Patents and Technology Transfer Guide adapted from UOttawa Library's Patents guide.

What is a patent?

A patent is a legal document giving the patent owner certain exclusive rights to his/her invention for a limited time. Patents are an excellent source of information on new technology, trends in technological development, and specific products or innovations. 

Technology transfer is the act of transferring technology from a person or organization who owns it to another entity, for the betterment of all society.

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Information on how patents are classified Patent Information & Classification
Help on-campus for registering your patent Partnerships & Innovation Office
More online help with registering or finding patents Patent Statistics, Books, & Tutorials
Information on citing or referencing a patent How-to Cite

What can be patented?

To be patentable, your invention must be new, useful and innovative:

  • New — your invention is the first of its kind in the world.
  • Useful — your invention works or has a useful function.
  • Innovative — your invention is a new development or an improvement of an existing technology that would not have been obvious to someone working in your area of specialty.

To be granted a patent, your invention must be:

  • a product (example: a door lock).
  • a composition (example: a chemical composition used in lubricants for door locks).
  • a machine (example: a machine for making door locks).
  • a process (example: a method for making door locks).
  • an improvement on any of these.1


Information taken from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office information guide.