Announcing the Winners of Canada's 2013 IP Writing Challenge

IP Osgoode and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) are thrilled to announce the winner of the fifth annual edition of Canada’s IP Writing Challenge:

1. In the Law Student category, the judges selected Daniel Whalen as the winner for this year’s Challenge:

Daniel won for his entry: “Everything Old is New Again: Reframing the Cultural Explanation for Intellectual Property Infringement in China.” Daniel Whalen is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and is currently articling at Smart & Biggar / Fetherstonhaugh in Ottawa.

2. In the Graduate Student category, the judges did not select a winner for this year’s Challenge.

3. In the Professional category, the judges did not select a winner for this year’s Challenge.

We were pleased to receive submissions from across the country on a wide range of subjects, including: moral rights, fair dealing, fan fiction, trade-marks, IP rights in databases, patentable subject matter, copyright reform, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and international IP rights governance.

Daniel will be receiving a prize of $1000 and, in addition to having his winning article showcased here on the IPilogue, the article will be considered for publication in the Canadian Intellectual Property Review (CIPR) or the Intellectual Property Journal (IPJ).

We would like to thank our esteemed intellectual property experts who served as judges for the Challenge:

We look forward to next year’s IP Writing Challenge and continuing to help ignite a more vibrant public policy discussion on all facets of intellectual property law and technology.


Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino is the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode. Michel Gérin is the Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.


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