IP Commercialization in Canadian Universities

Statistics Canada is out today with more data on IP commercialization in Canadian universities.  It reports that there was $55 million in income from IP last year for all Canadian universities combined.


  1. With all the commercialization being done in universities, does this mean that their activities fall under PIPEDA rules? For example, if a researcher is working on a project that is/will-be commercialized, does this make it a commercial venture such that any personal information collected during the research (e.g., that collected during pre-release trials or usability tests) would subject to privacy protections under the act?

  2. Thank you