Clinic Fellows

Innovation Clinic Fellows

The 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.

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

The 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.

Innovation Clinic Team

Clinic Founder & Director

Giuseppina D’Agostino

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Founder & Director, IP Osgoode, Innovation Clinic & IP Intensive
Editor-in-Chief, IPilogue & Intellectual Property Journal

 

Clinic Coordinator

Olha Senyshyn

Assistant Director, IP Osgoode, IP and Technology Program, Osgoode Hall Law School

 

Student Coordinators

JARED SUES
JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

In addition to 9 years of engineering experience Jared has a B.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Jared is also a licensed P.E. in the US. His masters focused on robotics and he has worked in missile defense, nuclear power plant structural design, accident reconstruction (collision forensics), and airplane component manufacturing. Jared, is an avid outdoorsman and builder. Whether camping, replacing the broken window on his car or installing his hardwood floors, Jared loves working with his hands. As a third-generation engineer who grew up recognizing the value of creative effort Jared is looking forward to his time in the IP Osgoode Clinic helping the next generation of innovators “realize” their dreams.

RYAN WONG
JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ryan is going into his third year at Osgoode and is currently working at Smart & Biggar LLP as a summer student. He completed his BMSc in Medical Science (2013) and MSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology (2015) at Western University. Prior to Osgoode, Ryan worked as a business consultant at IBM serving clients in both the private and public sectors. During his free time, Ryan likes to play ultimate frisbee and catch up on his latest shows on Netflix. 

 

ALLY MADDEAUX
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ally is a second-year student 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.

 

Innovation Clinic Fellows

Academic Year 2020-2021

Clinic Fellows

FELICE YEUNG
JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

Felice holds a Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. In law school, Felice has been working as a Research Assistant in technology and intellectual property law. Having previous experience with start-ups, Felice understands the challenges that innovators and entrepreneurs commonly face. She looks forward to assisting them during the process and seeing creative ideas progress from the lab to the market.

KHRISTOFF BROWNING
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law Schoolool

Khristoff is in his first year at Osgoode Hall Law school and currently holds a B.Sc in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph. Khristoff’s interest in intellectual property stems from his fascination with pharmaceutical and nutraceutical patent processes he obtained from previous learning material in undergraduate upper-year courses. Khristoff hopes to combine his educational background and legal research experience with future work at the Innovation Clinic to help support entrepreneurs with patenting, commercialization, and copyright objectives. In his spare time, Khristoff enjoys playing basketball and working out.

TYLER McLAUGHLIN
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Tyler completed his first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Previously, he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at McMaster University. During this time, he developed a strong interest towards intellectual property through courses such as Biotechnology and Drug Discovery. A secondary interest in corporate law emerged during his first year at Osgoode Hall. He hopes to combine these two interests to support start-up companies that require legal assistance from the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic, and looks forward to seeing entrepreneurial ideas and innovations come to fruition. In his spare time, Tyler is an avid golfer, having competed on both the McMaster and York University varsity golf teams.

LAUREN TOCCALINO
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Lauren is a third-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed two undergraduate degrees at McGill University, a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance and English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and World Religions. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Osgoode Art Law Society and is currently pursuing a certificate program at OCAD University. Her interest in intellectual property stems from her immersion in creative and performing arts. Lauren is particularly interested in visual and cultural legal critique and the intersection of law and innovation. 

SAMANTHA MELHADO
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Samantha is a 2nd year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Samantha completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree studying Criminology and Ethics with a minor in Book and Media Studies at the University of Toronto.

Samantha is inspired by the creative thinking entrepreneurs use to manage risk in the start-up process and she is currently the Director of Events for Osgoode’s Legal Entrepreneur Organization. Samantha is interested in the role of intellectual property in emerging creative industries and brand development. Samantha is looking forward to providing client-focused solutions to assist with the intellectual property commercialization process.

JOAQUIN FRANCIS ARIAS
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Joaquin Francis completed his first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. He previously obtained an Honours B.S. in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Toronto. During the completion of his undergraduate degree, Francis was a student researcher in biomedical laboratories within the university and at Sick Kids Hospital. His research focused on diverse topics including antibiotic development, computational biology, and diabetes. As the world economy progressively becomes innovation and technology-driven Francis believes that acquiring, protecting and exploiting intellectual property will become increasingly important. In his capacity as an IP Osgoode Clinic fellow, Francis is looking forward to helping entrepreneurs protect and commercialize their innovative ideas.

 

RACHEL MARCUS

JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

Rachel is going into her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She previously completed her Honours Bachelor of Science (Earth Sciences) at University of Toronto where she became interested in environmental and intellectual property law. Through her classes and various volunteer opportunities, she learned about environmental degradation and the impact individual actions have on the Earth. Through intellectual property law, she hopes to support organizations seeking to create new green technology to promote sustainable living.

NADIM DABBOUS
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Nadim is currently completing his first 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 assist 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.

KEJSI TRIMI
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Kejsi completed her first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior, she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Law and Business and a minor in French at Ryerson University. Having had exposure to start-up companies within the legal tech field, she developed an interest in the way technological innovation and intellectual property issues are interrelated, and can have a significant impact on businesses. She is excited to continue helping innovators protect and pursue their ideas.

DAVID PARK
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

David completed his first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. He completed his B.Sc. in Biochemistry with a minor in Philosophy at McMaster University. During his undergraduate summers, David worked for Bayer Inc.’s Quality Assurance teams where he learned about Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations as they relate to pharmaceutical quality systems. In his year before starting law school, David worked with Bayer Inc.’s in-house counsel where he received diverse experiential learning in areas such as privacy law, contracts, and pharmaceutical patents. He looks forward to using his experiences and ongoing education to support businesses as a at the Innovation Clinic. In his spare time, David enjoys playing intramural sports, watching horror movies, and training for triathlons.

 MADELEINE WORNDL
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Madeleine is a first year JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) degree in Voice Performance from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to experience as an operatic soloist and recitalist, Madeleine’s musical interests also include music history, theory, composition, and IP / legal issues relating to the musical original composition and performance.  Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Madeleine worked in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions (OMA) at the Ontario Securities Commission gaining valuable experience on regulatory matters under the purview of the OMA branch. Madeleine is interested in the intersection of business, technology, and the arts in the context of IP law and is excited to gain experience this year as an Innovation Clinic Fellow.   

KUSH PLAHA
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Kush has a growing interest in intellectual property that stems from working at global channel services provider Tech Data. There, he was exposed to Microsoft’s XaaS licensing and client innovation in providing packaged IT solutions to customers across Canada. Kush is inspired to explore the interrelation between technological innovation and intellectual property issues.

Prior to beginning 1L at Osgoode Hall Law School, Kush specialized in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Toronto.

NATHANIEL LEWKO
JD Candidate 2023, Osgoode Hall Law School

Nathan graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours, Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2019. Since graduating, he was employed at Toronto-based consultancy, Syntegrity where he helped senior leaders at Fortune 500 organizations pivot and rebound from their most complex business challenges. He has also, worked as a private equity analyst at a search fund and a procurement intern at global CPG, Nestlé.

As a previous Student President of Guelph’s Business School, Events Director for Guelph’s motionball for Special Olympics chapter, and a Varsity Athlete, he understands how to be an effective leader and the importance of being a force for good in his community. Nathan is looking forward to helping entrepreneurs protect and share their unique offerings with the world. 

 

BONNIE HASSANZADEH
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Bonnie completed her first year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biology from York University. Her interest in intellectual property stems from her love of research and innovation. She is hoping to combine her background in science with her legal education to make a meaningful difference in the field of medical technology and innovation

ESTHER KIM
JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

Esther is a third-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University, where she researched innovative behavioural therapies and interventions created for brain-injured individuals. Esther’s undergraduate classes and experiences exposed her to intellectual property law, leading her to pursue a legal career in IP. Osgoode has allowed Esther to explore the world of IP through the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic. After two successful years as a Clinic Fellow, she is excited to continue assisting start-ups and entrepreneurs with their diverse range of IP needs. 

MEGHAN CARLIN

JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Meghan is entering her second year of studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to attending Osgoode, she earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) at the University of Toronto.  It was during her time working in music licensing for film, tv and ads that Meghan found her interest in IP take shape. Meghan is particularly interested in emerging media and shifting approaches to copyright, and also acts as co-president of Osgoode’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association.

MAGGIE VOURAKES

JD Candidate 2021, Osgoode Hall Law School

Maggie Vourakes is in her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has a background in journalism and communications and has operated her own business. In addition to IP commercialization, Maggie has a strong interest in emerging issues around privacy, technology and data ethics. She is excited to join the Clinic as a Fellow this year to support entrepreneurs in their journey and promote innovation.  

ANABELLE TUNG

JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Anabelle completed her first 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 Osgoode 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.

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

Ya-En completed her first 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.

SHUANG REN
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Shuang completed her first 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.

LAMONT ABRAMCZYK
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Lamont is a second-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Fines Arts from OCAD University, where he majored in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practices. Lamont’s interest in intellectual property is informed by his prior education and professional experience. Having previously worked in the Canadian art industry, he is accustomed to dealing with visual and conceptual subject matter and is attentive to issues concerning copyright protection and trademarks. Lamont currently serves on the Board of Directors of Subtle Technologies, a non-profit platform that facilitates knowledge sharing at the intersection of art, science and technology. He is a Co-founder and the Deputy Director of the Osgoode Art Law Society and an avid rock climber.

NIKITA MUNJAL
JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Nikita is in 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 a contributing editor for the IPilogue. Nikita is eager to contribute to the growth of entrepreneurs as a Clinic Fellow. 

AISHWERYA KANSAL

LL.M Candidate in International Business Laws at Osgoode Professional Development

Aishwerya is an International Trained Law Practitioner, currently pursuing Masters in Law in International Business Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School and working towards her licensing in Ontario. She has been practising Intellectual Property Rights for past two years and was a Trademark and Copyright Associate at Anand and Anand, a leading Intellectual Property Law Boutique Firm in Asia. Apart from being engaged in the traditional forms of IP prosecution work, she was involved in commercial transactions, franchising, licensing, monetization and valuation of IP. In times, where “change” is the only constant, she envision a continuous learning and wish to engage herself in the future of Innovation.

CHRISTIAN BEKKING

JD Candidate 2022, Osgoode Hall Law School

Christian is a second-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Christian completed his BSc in biology (2015) at Western University and MSc in infectious disease (2018) at the University of Toronto. Christian worked at Smart & Biggar LLP for his 1L summer. Prior to law school, Christian worked as a laboratory technician in an infectious disease lab.

ANDROU WAHEEB

JD Candidate 2023, Osgood Hall Law School

Androu is a first-year student 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. 

 

MADELAINE LYNCH

JD Candidate 2022, Osgood Hall Law School

Maddie is in 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. 

 

TANYA TAWAKLEY

JD Candidate 2022, Osgood Hall Law School

Tanya is in 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 Osgoode 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. 

 

Note: IP Osgoode 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 Osgoode Innovation Clinic operates in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations of the Law Society of Ontario.