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Intellectual Property – Is it Worth Protecting?
Nov 14th, 2012 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Markham Convergence Centre
7271 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON
Do you have a good idea? Are you worried about how to protect it and how to turn that idea into a profitable reality? This workshop is for entrepreneurs that want to understand intellectual property (IP) and how it relates to their ideas.
Copyrights, patents, trade-marks, and other forms of intellectual property can be valuable assets to your business and executing the right IP strategy can help your business grow while protecting your ideas.
· Think your company is too small to worry about intellectual property? The best IP strategies are laid down right from the start.
· Think your fast-growth company doesn’t have the time to develop IP strategy? Your competitors will be happy to hear that.
This workshop will walk participants through the basics of intellectual property, equipping them with the level of knowledge necessary to begin planning their own IP strategies and will feature interactive exercises that will allow participants to work in groups and solve fictional intellectual property problems.
Participants will learn:
•What the differences are between trade-marks, copyrights, and patents;
•How to decide which one is the appropriate type of intellectual property for an idea;
•The steps that need to be taken to protect an idea;
•What rights they have as the owner of a trade-mark, copyright, or patent;
•What they are allowed to do as users of the intellectual property of others;
•The first steps in dealing with an infringement.
Workshop leaders will include:
· Paul Rivett – Manager, Client Services, ventureLAB – ventureLAB Intellectual Property Initiative;
· Eugene Gierczak – Partner, Miller Thomson; and national chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group
· Amanda McNaughtan – Law student, Osgoode Hall Law School
· Guest Speaker – TBD - their experiences
· One-on-Ones with Osgoode Hall Law Students and others