The IP Lunch Club

The IP Lunch Club 2021

The IP Innovation Clinic is proud to partner with the Sandbox Centre to present relevant IP information to local startups and entrepreneurs. Each week in March, a group of our Clinic Fellows presented on widely ranging topics relating to protecting IP rights in business, ideas, or products. You can read about these sessions and watch recordings of them below.

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Intellectual Property Law Considerations for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

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Presented by Keir Strickland-Murphy, Ya-En Cheng, & Maddie Lynch

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This presentation highlighted the patent and trademark strategies which start-ups and entrepreneurs should consider before and while they form a company. This includes understanding who owns the IP that existed prior to formation and that which has been created during the course of business. The discussion then turned to public disclosure while developing your invention and how it might affect your patent application. The presentation concluded with the different types of IP and which of them you might want to seek protection for.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs: Effective Strategies for IP Commercialization and Success

IP Lunch Club 2Presented by David Park, Joaquin Aris, & Tanya Tawakley

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Intellectual Property (IP) commercialization is becoming exceedingly important for small businesses and entrepreneurs alike to consider. Our presenters summarized the three main ways in which entrepreneurs can profit from their innovative ideas; namely, the processes of (1) Creating an IP-based business; (2) Licensing; and (3) Selling IP. This journey touched on various themes, including hiring an IP lawyer, incorporating a business, creating a franchise, auctioning your patent, and more.

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The Mechanics of Filing a Patent and Patent Law

IP Lunch Club 3Presented by Bonnie Hassanzadeh, Tyler McLaughlin, & Christian Bekking

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This presentation discussed the basics of patent law, provided a roadmap for filing a patent, and highlighted the differences between patent regimes in Canada and the United States. Many patent applications in Canada are filed by Americans. Understanding the differences between Canadian and US patent applications is important because of the interdependence of the Canadian and US markets.

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Overcoming Intellectual Property Issues Facing Artists, Writers and Designers

IP Lunch Club 4Presented by Lauren Toccalino, Lamont Abramczyk, Samantha Melhado

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This presentation began with an overview of relevant Canadian statutory provisions, with particular emphasis on protections afforded to artists, writers, and designers under the Copyright Act. This was followed by a discussion about “what is art?” relative to the definitions in the Copyright Act, as well as accessibility issues arising from artists’ lack of general awareness of their legal rights. The unique challenge that diverse media, such as tattoos and graffiti, present for intellectual property was a running theme throughout this presentation. The presentation concluded with a discussion about digital fashion as an emerging creative industry, including how digital fashion shifts consumption models.

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Innovating the IP Commercialization Process: The Pioneering IP Innovation Clinic ChatBot

IP Lunch Club 5Presented by Anabelle Tung & Maggie Vourakas

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This presentation introduced the IP Innovation ChatBot, the first AI-powered chatbot of its kind, which aims to alleviate the problem of IP illiteracy in Canada. Our presenters discussed the importance of IP literacy for entrepreneurs and the IP-related problems faced by start-ups.

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The Event series is sponsored by Barriston Law, who joined each session to offer some local insights about how they provide IP protection and commercialization support to the business community.