Intellectual property

The purpose of research is to expand our body of knowledge and increase the world's scientific and cultural heritage. The creative process of knowledge generation begins with the research scientist, who also plays a key role in initiating the valorization of that knowledge. The research scientist should thus be given the opportunity to remain the main actor in the process of knowledge valorization. Public sector research involves many scientists—members of either research centres, groups or networks—as well as private- and public-sector partners. Not surprisingly, these individuals and institutions have varying interests.


Managing intellectual property – a precious good that must be protected – and knowledge valorization requires that the highest standards of intellectual probity be respected. Best practices in knowledge valorization must reflect the considerations for scientific integrity, honesty and fairness in the relationships between members of the research community, the institutions and partners, as well as for the ethical principles that should guide the conduct of research activities, the presentation of research findings and the sound use of public and private funds.

In this regard, the FRQNT applies the Plan d'action – Gestion de la propriété intellectuelle dans les universités et les établissements du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux où se déroulent des activités de recherche (intellectual property action plan), adopted by the ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation in 2002, to all research activities funded by the FRQNT that take place in universities and affiliated health institutions.


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