Clinic Fellows

IP Innovation Clinic Fellows

The IP Innovation Clinic provides Osgoode Hall Law students with access to work-integrated and experiential learning opportunities in IP and technology law. Clinic Fellows are able to enhance their student experiences by taking on greater responsibilities and interactions with clients. Through practical, hands-on experience, students assist start-up and scale up companies navigate real-world legal and business challenges. This experiential education contributes to the career-readiness and success of Clinic Fellows.

IP Innovation Clinic Fellowships are volunteer positions and students’ time is eligible for the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement (OPIR) credit.

The IP Innovation Clinic operates year-round and the recruitment of fellows occurs twice a year for the Fall-Winter terms and for the Summer session. Call for Applications are released on-campus and on-line in August and March/April, respectively.  For more information, please contact the Innovation Clinic at IPInnovationClinic@osgoode.yorku.ca.

IP Innovation Clinic Team

Clinic Founder & Director

Giuseppina D’Agostino

GIUSEPPINA (PINA) D’AGOSTINO
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Founder & Director, IP Osgoode, IP Innovation Clinic & IP Intensive
Editor-in-Chief, IPilogue & Intellectual Property Journal


Clinic Coordinator

Ashley MonizASHLEY MONIZ
Assistant Director, IP Osgoode, IP and Technology Program, Osgoode Hall Law School


Student Coordinators

ALEXANDRA (ALLY) MADDEAUX
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ally has completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Legal Studies, during which time she developed a strong interest in intellectual property law. Ally has worked with an Ottawa NGO as a project coordinator of social and political media campaigns and with a clinical psychology practice, where she focused on the application of legislation pertaining to health information access and privacy, third party insurance claim disputes, and academic and employment accommodation rights. She is passionate about intellectual property law and enjoys assisting innovators pursue their own interests through the help of the Innovation Clinic. Ally spends her spare time skydiving and travelling.

ANDROU WAHEEB
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Androu has completed his first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. He graduated from RCSI-Bahrain with a medical degree (MB.BCh.BAO (NUI), LRCSI, LRCPI). His diverse experiences include medical research, entrepreneurship, and business. He is passionate about Intellectual Property. Prior to law school, Androu worked in the genetics department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.


IP Innovation Clinic Fellows

Fall 2021 – Winter 2022

Senior Clinic Fellows

ANABELLE TUNG
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Anabelle completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She previously obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at the University of Toronto. Through her studies of white-collar crime, she became interested in the commercialization and protection of intellectual property. Anabelle is particularly interested in the intersection of intellectual property and technology. As an IP Innovation Clinic Fellow, she is excited to assist clients with their intellectual property needs. In her spare time, Anabelle enjoys knitting and hiking with her dog.

Claire La Mantia

CLAIRE LA MANTIA
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Claire completed her first year at Osgoode Hall Law School in April 2021. Prior to attending law school, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Claire’s interest in science and technology and time spent completing her thesis research led to her interest in intellectual property law. She looks forward to learning more about the commercialization of intellectual property and assisting investors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups with their intellectual property concerns through the work at the innovation clinic. In her spare time, Claire enjoys playing the piano and staying active through weekly Pilates fitness classes and running.

Emily XiangEMILY XIANG
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Emily is going into her second year of study at Osgoode Hall Law School. Previously, she has obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from McMaster University, as well as a minor in French Language Studies. While her interest in intellectual property stems primarily from her scientific background, her passion is also coloured by her own personal endeavours in the fine arts and digital media. Emily highly anticipates leveraging her past skills and experiences to support the IP needs of innovators and businesses.”

GURBIR SIDHU
LLM candidate in Intellectual Property Law at Osgoode Professional Development

Prior to joining Osgoode, Gurbir worked as an IP lawyer and patent agent in India. He was involved in IP prosecution, opposition and representing tech companies in safe harbor, trademark, and copyright infringement suits. Being a computer science engineering graduate, Gurbir is a passionate advocate for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and he was instrumental in establishing a Linux Foundation project in India. He is currently working on a project promoting access to generic medicines for patients in India. Outside school, he likes playing with pets and making music.

MADELAINE LYNCH
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Maddie has completed her second year at Osgoode. She holds an Honours BSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. Her PhD research focused on restoration of the vasculature in Alzheimer’s disease. It was through this research that Maddie was introduced to the possibility of a career in intellectual property. Maddie is particularly interested in patent law, and hopes to be able to combine her science and legal education. During her spare time, Maddie enjoys weightlifting, baking and travelling.

Meena Alnajar

MEENA ALNAJAR
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Meena is a 2L JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at McMaster with a minor in biology. During her undergraduate summers, she worked as a cancer biology research assistant investigating the mechanisms of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Meena wants to explore the interactions of scientific innovation and the law. She looks forward to helping innovators as a Clinic Fellow. In her spare time, Meena enjoys writing poetry, completing jigsaw puzzles and hiking.

NADIM DABBOUS
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Nadim has completed his second year of the JD/MBA program at Osgoode. He has previous experience in working in a startup environment having worked at a Fintech. Nadim is interested in the rise of new technologies and their implication on society. He is looking forward to assisting entrepreneurs in IP related work. Prior to Osgoode, Nadim completed an undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Toronto. During his spare time, Nadim likes to play sports, specifically volleyball and basketball.

NIKITA MUNJAL
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Nikita has completed her second year of the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her passion for Intellectual Property stems from her fine arts background, and she will be exploring different areas of Intellectual Property law as the Content Manager for the IPilogue. Nikita is eager to contribute to the growth of entrepreneurs as a Clinic Fellow.

SAMANTHA MELHADO
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Samantha is a 3rd year JD student with a particular interest in all facets of entertainment, innovation and the law.  She is currently a Legal Intern at SOCAN and the Model and Design Coordinator for Osgoode’s Fashion Law Society. Samantha is inspired by the creative thinking entrepreneurs use to manage risk during the start-up phase. She looks forward to providing client-focused solutions to assist with their intellectual property commercialization process.

Shazad Omarali

SHAZAD OMARALI
JD/MBA Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School & Schulich School of Business

Shazad is a 3rd year JD/MBA student at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business. In studying Criminology for his undergraduate degree, he pursued intellectual property research projects related to right to repair legislation in North America and data governance issues posed by international trade agreements. He works at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job creation and Trade to help develop strategies to increase the competitiveness of Ontario’s export market and protect innovations borne from Ontario’s technology belt. Shazad has breakdanced competitively for 10 years and is passionate about hip hop artforms. His drive to help entrepreneurs commercialize their innovations with the IP Innovation Clinic stems from his experience working with Toronto hip hop artists in the music and entertainment space.

SHUANG REN
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Shuang completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She obtained a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University in the United States. Before becoming a law student, Shuang worked as a lecturer and mental health counsellor at a university in China. Shuang hopes to integrate her academic background and multifaceted experience with legal practice. She is eager to help clients tackle IP issues in business operations.

Talya ShulmanTALYA SHULMAN
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Talya is going into her second year at Osgoode. She completed her BSc in Kinesiology at Queen’s University and her MSc in Global Health at McMaster University. Talya has experience conducting research in laboratory, hospital, and community settings and is excited to apply her skills while learning the nuances of legal research as an IP Clinic Fellow. Her main interests in intellectual property lie in health promoting innovations, branding, and fashion. As a Clinic Fellow, Talya hopes to help creators and innovators pursue, protect, and exploit their work.

TANYA TAWAKLEY
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Tanya has completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a lawyer qualified to practice in India and through her experience in India, she developed a keen interest in intellectual property rights. She has worked with leading practitioners and firms in civil and commercial disputes, including IP. Prior to attending Osgoode, Tanya worked as researcher at the Delhi High Court where she assisted with a range of IP issues. In her capacity as an IP Innovation Clinic Fellow, Tanya hopes to build on her knowledge and interest in IP and explore IP practice in Canada, while helping those in need of assistance.

YA-EN CHENG
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ya-En completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before attending Osgoode, she was a lawyer working on financing and corporate matters at a boutique law firm in Taiwan. She would like to further pursue her career in Canada. She actively participated in Osgoode Fintech & Blockchain Association as an executive member. She is interested in the intersection of innovation, technology and law, and she is enthusiastic in helping the creative minds to thrive further in the future.

Junior Clinic Fellows

AVIVA SNITMAN
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Aviva is a second year law student at Osgoode Hall Law school. Aviva is focusing her studies on intellectual property and corporate law. Aviva has obtained a BA in psychology at Western University. She enjoys volunteering in her community at various charities, such as Out of the Cold homeless shelter and she looks forward to helping start-up companies take their inventions to the market.

CHUN (MAC) MOK
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mac is a 2nd year law student at Osgoode Hall focusing his studies on topics of intellectual property. Having an Honours BSc in chemistry from Lakehead University, a PhD in biochemistry from McMaster University and two years of post-doctoral experience from the University of Toronto, Mac is ready to leverage his scientific expertise to aid clients in acquiring and commercializing their intellectual property.

Claire WortsmanCLAIRE WORTSMAN
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Claire is a 2L student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She graduated from the International Studies program at Boston College, with an interdisciplinary focus on politics, economics, and ethics, as well as a minor in Management & Leadership. While working abroad in Geneva at an organization aimed at funding global green tech investments, she developed interests in emerging technologies, global affairs, and intellectual property law.

CYNTHIA ZHANG
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Cynthia is currently completing her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. For nearly a decade prior to law school, Cynthia played in bands as a heavy metal guitar player and worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities, including advising on cross-border tax obligations for non-resident performers and entertainment corporations. Cynthia aims to practice in the entertainment/media law sphere and takes a personal interest in learning more about IP handling in this context. This past summer, Cynthia had the opportunity to assist on trademark reports, copyright litigation, and IP contract drafting while working at a full-service law firm. She is pleased to contribute as an Innovation Clinic Fellow.

JACK TURNER
JD/MBA Candidate 2025, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jack is a first-year JD/MBA student at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, majoring in Political Science, with a double minor in Management (BCom) and Economics. Jack first became interested in intellectual property law after interning in the legal department of Rogers Communications, where he completed a project for their IP Assets Manager. Jack has also gained professional experience working for a Toronto-based investment management company and building a non-profit start-up. In his spare time, Jack enjoys playing sports and travelling.

JAMIE ZORRILLA HURTADO
JD/MBA Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jaime is a 3rd year JD/MBA student at Osgoode Hall law School and the Schulich School of Business. Prior to law school he completed a Master’s of Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto as well as an undergraduate degree in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law at McMaster University. As both a Clinical Fellow for IP Osgoode as well as for Osgoode’s Venture Capital Clinic, he is primarily driven by getting to understand not only his client’s businesses, but their products and sources of innovation.

JENNY PENG
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jenny is going into her second year at Osgoode Hall. Prior to law school, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto, where she found passion for intellectual property through a course in technology strategy. Jenny is excited to work with inventors and entrepreneurs and to explore the role of IP rights in strengthening innovation ecosystems.

JUNGHI WOO
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Junghi Woo is a third-year JD student at Osgoode Hall. She graduated from the Ted Rogers School of Management, holding a B Comm., majoring in Law and Business and minoring in French Languages. Her passion for Intellectual Property comes with her interests in innovative technology as she loves any opportunity to explore the intersection of law, technology, innovation, and business.

MAMRAJ MAHBOOB
JD Candidate 2024, Osgoode Hall Law School

MARIELA GUTIERREZ
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mariela is in her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Previous to law school Mariela worked in higher education for five years. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Chicano Latino Studies and a master’s in Education from California States University, Long Beach. Mariela is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants; she was born in Guadalajara (Mexico), grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Toronto. She is interested in IP law and its relationship to emerging technologies, food, art, and social justice. Mariela enjoys cooking authentic Mexican dishes, discovering new hiking trails, and travelling.

PEILIN YAO
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Peilin is in her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She previously obtained a bachelor’s degree at McMaster’s Honours Life Science program and is excited to be able to apply her scientific background in IP law. During her spare time, Peilin enjoys painting and exploring new cooking recipes.

Ryan's headshotRYAN ERDMAN
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ryan is in his second year of the J.D. Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior, he completed his B.A from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours specialization in Kinesiology. While Ryan’s interest with intellectual property and patent law originates with his background in health science, it has expanded to include other areas such as sport, entertainment, business law, and other emerging technologies. He is also a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TANZIM RASHID
JD/MBA Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Tanzim is a third-year student in the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. Prior to law school, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto (Trinity College) majoring in Ethics, Society & Law and Criminology & Sociolegal studies. Tanzim also worked in the financial services sector as a Risk Operations Agent at the Royal Bank of Canada.  Upon graduation, he hopes to work as a corporate litigator in either a full-service law firm or litigation boutique practice, with a particular focus on intellectual property, competition, and bankruptcy law.

TSZ WAI (PHOEBE) LIU
JD Candidate 2024, Osgoode Hall Law School

Phoebe is a first-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate, Phoebe was a student researcher investigating cardiovascular disease and cancer mechanisms at the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower and a medical research institute in Australia, respectively. It was through these research experiences that she recognizes the importance of patents to innovators. Phoebe wants to explore the interaction of technology, law and business. As a clinic fellow, she hopes to support start-ups and assist entrepreneurs with intellectual property commercialization process. In her spare time, Phoebe enjoys rock climbing, playing piano and travelling.

HeadshotWENJUN (ESTHER) RUAN
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Esther is a 3L at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before attending law school, she was a management consulting analyst at Accenture for three years, where she conducted strategy formulation and management diagnoses for her clients. Her previous clients included Global Fortune 500 corporations. Her interest in IP law and technology was triggered by her previous engagement with smart-city-related projects. After she joined Osgoode Venture Capital Clinic as a client coordinator, she became passionate about helping technology start-ups. She looks forward to applying what she has learned in IP and business law to help investors and entrepreneurs. In her spare time, she is addicted to her dog, Yuki.

XIAOLU (LUNA) LI
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Luna is a third-year law student at Osgoode.  She gained human resources work experience in the technology industry regarding business restructuring, employee/labour relations and workforce analytics.  Also, she has developed an interest in technology and human rights, privacy, and employment issues in emerging companies through her experience at previous legal clinics and an employment law firm.  Luna looks forward to helping entrepreneurs bring their innovation to the marketplace and create more social value.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching Dragons’ Den and volunteering for charity events.

Note: IP Innovation Clinic Staff and Fellows do not provide legal advice. Innovation Clinic Fellows work under the supervision of practicing lawyers to provide IP information to our clients. The IP Innovation Clinic operates in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations of the Law Society of Ontario.