Announcing the Winner of Canada's IP Writing Challenge 2014

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

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

Julia won for her entry: “Database protection a reality?  How the professional and fantasy sporting world could benefit from a sui generis intellectual property right“. Julia Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

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, trade-marks, technological neutrality, IP rights in databases, sufficiency of disclosure, doctrine of sound prediction, copyright reform, and internet intermediary liability.

Julia will be receiving a prize of $1000 and, in addition to having her 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.