Intellectual property protection is a critical consideration for startups – from all sectors.
Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships.
Emergence, in collaboration with our event partner, Planet Hatch in Fredericton, New Brunswick, invite you to join us for a presentation by leading Canadian IP law firm, Bereskin & Parr LLP Intellectual Property Law, to consider the elements critical to formulating an intellectual property strategy for your startup.
This 45-minute presentation, which will take place at Planet Hatch (50 Crowther Lane, Fredericton, New Brunswick) will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity for one-on-one follow-up discussions with presenter, Bereskin & Parr partner, Noel Courage.
A Dalhousie and Memorial University graduate, Noel has over 20 years experience working with spin-off and start-up companies, helping them to protect their IP. His practice focuses on the patenting and licensing of mechanical, chemical and biotechnology inventions.
Noel has lectured on IP licensing at the Patents and Trade Secrets course at the University of Toronto since 2011.
He is a also lecturer and patent drafting tutor in the McGill University/ Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) “Understanding Patents” course.
According to Emergence Director, Martin Yuill, the growth in the number of program clients from across the Atlantic region has created the demand for this session.
“Emergence is witnessing unprecedented interest from bioscience ventures across Atlantic Canada,” Yuill told us.
“This IP event that we are co-hosting with Planet Hatch in Fredericton with Bereskin & Parr is a direct response to the growth in the number of Emergence clients in the region, and from New Brunswick in particular.”
According to Yuill, Emergence is currently engaged in discussions with a number of potential partners across the Atlantic region with a view to expanding the reach and availability of the incubator’s services and programs to local bioscience startup and scale-up ventures.
The publication – which provides news and data on startups in key Canadian communities – reports that in the 12 months to March 31, Emergence client companies raised $48.5 million in follow-on equity financing and filed 22 new patents.
Yuill adds that over the same period, Emergence clients racked up revenues of $29 million, and grew their full-time employment by 75%.
The Emergence virtual incubator supports the formation and growth of innovative bioscience and food sector ventures.
Emergence clients benefit from access to business, technical, scientific and regulatory support services customized to meet their individual needs. This includes one-on-one and team-based mentorship; third-party consulting services; market research; legal, IP, insurance, tax and financial expertise from a network of professional service provider partners; and support accessing international networks and public and private funding and investment opportunities.
A virtual (rather than physical) incubator, Emergence serves high-potential companies wherever they are located in Canada, while also providing a “soft landing” for innovative international bioscience ventures seeking to start-up or establish themselves in, or expand into, Canada. Find out more about Emergence here!