The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Date & Time

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm




Graduate Pathways to Success and University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO)



UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), and Graduate Pathways to Success are proud to present a workshop that provides you with an essential understanding of intellectual property (IP) and academic technology transfer.

This 1/2-day workshop will help you:

  • gain a general understanding of the field of intellectual property.
  • understand the various stages and timelines in the process of obtaining a patent.
  • utilize the free resources available to conduct a structured prior-art search yourself.
  • participate in technology transfer processes.

This program is experimental and gives you opportunities to reflect on the value of IP, conduct a patent search, and learn about technology transfer processes from real-world case studies.

After participating, you will be:

  • aware of the importance and strategic use of IP.
  • able to find patents of interest and to evaluate the IP position of a technology.
  • never again confused about whether this patent has been examined/issued/expired.
  • confident to engage in technology transfer processes as a researcher.
  • attentive to “red-flags” in regard to IP in research collaborations with other groups, institutions, organisations, or industry.

Dr. Katja Mjos is a Technology Transfer Officer at UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO). As an experienced research chemist, she knows how to establish connections (“bonds”) between two entities (“atoms”) to make something bigger (“molecule”), which sometimes requires just a little bit of extra energy. At UBC, she uses her connecting skills to bring technologies out of the lab and into the market by being the innovation catalyst who enables strong research and innovation bonds between members of the UBC research community and industry, entrepreneurs, government or non-profit organizations for the betterment of society. She holds a PhD in medicinal bioinorganic chemistry from The University of British Columbia (Canada), and an MSc in chemistry from the Carl-von-Ossietzky University (Germany).


Postdocs can email to register for this event.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.

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