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We'll be BACK on site, but NOT just yet!

Check this site regularly for updates on what onsite services we are restoring.

LCR is part of the overall University of Calgary re-entry strategy. We are working to restore some essential services as quickly as possible in a way that is safe for you - our users- and our staff and in the context of the overall campus re-entry plan. We will continue to offer our suite of online services and will also be expanding access to online books and resources. Virtual service hours today: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Physical locations remain closed. You can return your books to the exterior book drop on the East side of the TFDL. More information on the Covid 19 page.

BUSN - Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Resources on starting and running a business; for resources specific to aboriginal business, view our Aboriginal Economic Development guide.

What is a Patent?

A  patent is granted by a government agency and gives the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention from the day the patent is granted to a maximum of 20 years after the day on which a patent application was filed. To find out more about patents refer to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web sites.

Why Use Patents?

  • Patents and Patent Applications often contain the first disclosure of a new technology or process.
  • Patents are an underutilized source of scientific and commercial information linking scientific theory with "real world" applications.
  • Patents contain diagrams and descriptions of how things work.
  • Approximately two-thirds of  the information disclosed in patents is not published elsewhere according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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