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Intellectual Property Program
Licensing the Province’s Intellectual Property
The Intellectual Property Program welcomes unsolicited proposals to license rights to Province-owned materials. All such proposals are given the same careful consideration. Upon receipt of an unsolicited proposal, the Intellectual Property Program will investigate whether pursuing the proposed business opportunity is in the economic interest of the Province. If the opportunity is judged to be worth pursuing, then where a non-exclusive license is sought, the IPP can begin negotiating a license agreement immediately. However, where exclusive rights are sought, the opportunity should be offered according to a competitive bidding process that is appropriate to the circumstances. For a list of current opportunities, see BC Bid.
Licensing Terms and Conditions
In many cases, the expertise of the source ministry can benefit the licensee in the early stages of the licensee's working with the material. However, it should be understood by all prospective licensees that the Province develops materials solely in order to serve its own program needs. While in many cases these materials have application outside government, often these materials will require modification or adaptation for the commercial market. All costs of such modification and adaptation must be borne by the licensee. Strict limits will be placed upon the amount of access to ministry personnel and resources that will be made available to licensees.
If you have any questions about the Licensing of the Province's Intellectual Property feel free to contact the Intellectual Property Program. Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page may contain answers to some of your queries.