Intro to Intellectual Property Webinar

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This session will provide an introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and Memorial’s Technology, Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO). Dr. Paula Mendonça and Ms. Kara Strickland will cover the basics of IP, delving into copyright, trade secrets, trademarks and patents which are all different methods of IP protection that are utilized at Memorial. Finally, the session reviews IP ownership, inventorship and the disclosure process. This overview will help attendees understand when to engage with the TTCO, important IP considerations for students, and how we can help move ideas toward commercial opportunities.


Paula Mendonça is the acting director of Memorial University’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO). Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Paula has been in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2002 where she completed a PhD in Biology from Memorial. Paula has been working in Intellectual Property and technology transfer for more than 10 years, first at Genesis and now at Memorial University. Paula is also an entrepreneur; she owns and operates SeaBerry Studios, a local skincare business.

Kara Strickland is an Intellectual Property Officer at Memorial. Prior to joining the team, she worked with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation as well as the Research and Development Corporation. Her previous work included facilitating funding for industry-relevant academic research and start-up companies. Kara’s education includes degrees in Computer Science and Commerce from Memorial. In addition to her day job, she volunteers with Canada Learning Code and Skills Canada.


This session is part of the Business of Research Series.

Join NL SUPPORT and partners from across Memorial University and beyond for a series of in-person and online sessions that will help you see your research through a different lens. We aim to influence behavior change in health care through quality research involving patient engagement and knowledge translation. Along with these important components of health care research, another way that research can have an impact on the health care system is by demonstrating the economic and commercial value of that research so that it can better inform health policy.

Hear about the different avenues that you can take to make the most of your research outcomes, improve the competitiveness of your CV and funding applications, help your research grow with changing academic environments, and more!

With guest speakers from the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, Genesis Centre, and Faculty of Business Administration among others, we will cover topics such as:

  • linking research to commercial outcomes;
  • how to pitch your research;
  • intellectual property protection and protocol; and
  • business case development in the context of health research.
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