Ideal participant: Students with a business or a business idea.
Key benefit to participating: Gain a better understanding of intellectual property and its importance in protecting your business.
Intellectual Property (IP) can be the most valuable asset a business has, yet while we daily come into contact with intellectual property (such as when we listen to a song, use our iPhone or order a Big Mac) many of us do not understand what constitutes intellectual property.
Designed to give you a greater understanding of why you need to protect your brand and innovation, join presenters Vanessa Carle, Kieran Moore, and Richard Okimaw for a basic overview of the different types of Intellectual Property including, copyright, trademarks, patents and industrial designs - what it is, how to protect it and why it's valuable.
Light refreshments will be provided at the session.
A little bit about the presenters:
Vanessa Carle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa is a UBC (BA) and UBCO (BEd) Alumni who is currently engaged by Pushor Mitchell LLP as a trademark agent and paralegal practicing in corporate, securities and intellectual property law. Vanessa has also been granted reciprocal recognition by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to prosecute trademarks on behalf of her Canadian clients in the US and is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
Kieran Moore - email@example.com
Kieran is a UVic graduate, who practiced in private practice with Bull Housser and Cohen Buchan Edwards as an IP lawyer and trademark agent before joining lululemon athletica as intellectual property counsel. Kieran oversees lululemon and ivivva's gold-standard intellectual property protection.
Kieran’s work includes maximizing return on investment for innovation, protecting billion dollar brands setting strategic directions; identifying IP with designers, developers, and inventors; negotiating with partners; managing patent, trademark and other IP protection and litigation.
Richard Okimaw - firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Okimaw is a mechanical engineer, lawyer and a registered Patent and Trademark Agent who practices primarily in the area of intellectual property law.
Richard has a broad range of experience in intellectual property law that includes filing national and international patent and trade-mark applications as well as handling licensing and intellectual property disputes. Rick has successfully represented clients in fields ranging from petroleum exploration to sports equipment to electronic gaming machines.
Richard is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and is a past Director of the Okanagan Science and Technology Council.