Patent agents advise clients on elements of patent law and on the patentability of inventions, conduct patent searches, prepare patent applications and represent clients before the patent office. 

Technology transfer officers are responsible for transferring and integrating new technologies, usually from university or government research and development environments to commercial and industrial applications and ensure the protection of intellectual property of researchers and developers. (National Occupational Classification)

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The University of Manitoba does not offer a specialized degree program leading to a career as a patent agent or technology transfer officer. Patent agents often hold a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in a scientific or technical discipline. To be come a registered Patent Agent, Patent agents require 12 months of work experience in the patent field and successful completion of examinations set by the Commissioner of Patents (National Occupational Classification).

Technology transfer officers hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in physical/life sciences, engineering, business, or law. Internships and experience working in industry may also be beneficial.

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