This article explores ownership rights, conditions for successful startups and the role post-secondary institutions play in community development.
Appropriate Subject Area(s):
Marketing, entrepreneurship, business administration, patents
Key Questions to Explore:
- What does it mean to be an innovation-friendly economy?
Introduction to lesson and task:
This lesson explores the role of post-secondary institutions in economic development and the rights of startups housed within an incubator.
Clean-energy technology, patented intellectual property, wrongfully misappropriated, patent infringement, principal investigator, co-inventors, technology commercialization, provisional patent, sponsored research
Action (lesson plan and task):
- Distribute the article for reading.
- In pairs, have students create a mini-dictionary of the key terms above.
- Combining pairs, have students create a timeline of activity outlined in the article.
- Using the W3 tool, have students discuss:
- What did they observe, acknowledge, learn, by creating the timeline?
- Why is this information essential to the case?
- What next? What do they recommend as next steps for Salient? For the University of Waterloo?
Consolidation of Learning:
- Ask students to develop a win-win scenario for this situation and one that can be applied to others in the future.
- Students understand the implications of patented intellectual property.
- In pairs, have students select one of the key terms and research and identify other applications. Combine pairs to share the learning.
(*Note: The lawsuit was later settled — see here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-university-of-waterloo-startup-reach-settlement-in-battery-patent/)