The Institutions Group provides advice to post-secondary institutions and research organizations on their research, educational, commercialization, and funding activities. RBS’ clients include private and public universities, colleges and schools, centres of excellence in commercialization and research, medical and cancer research agencies, genomics research funding entities, institutional research groups, and research foundations.

The Institutions Group advises on matters that include institutional policies and regulations, licensing and research collaborations, spin-off entities and institutional equity participation in such entities, real estate development and leasing, protection and enforcement of intellectual property, and copyright compliance by institutions. Some of the firm’s lawyers have gained valuable institutional experience by being seconded as in-house counsel to universities and interacting with departments across campus.