Does the University’s Intellectual Property Policy cover graduate students?
Yes, graduate students are covered by the policy both as students (for course work, thesis work, and independent study) and as employees of the University (e.g., as teaching assistants) or University Researchers (e.g., as research assistants). The policy does not, however, affect you or any work you do in any other capacity outside of the University.
Who owns the intellectual property graduate students create?
Generally, to be regarded as the original owner or co-owner of any intellectual property, you must have made a substantive and/or creative contribution to the creating of the property (the precise legal requirements vary for the various types of intellectual property - copyright works, patentable inventions, etc.) Moreover, you must not have created the property as an employee of another (in which case the employer is the legal owner) or have sold or assigned your rights to the property. At the University of Calgary, the Intellectual Property Policy governs ownership and other intellectual property issues.