Emergence hosts Halifax IP workshop for Atlantic bio startups

Intellectual property (IP) protection is a critical consideration for all bio-based startups. 

In  fact, IP should be a key consideration right from day one!

This is because IP affects many business areas including:

  • choosing a business name,
  • conducting negotiations and working with third parties,
  • creating timelines for commercialization, as well as
  • competing in the marketplace.

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. See: Start-ups Need to Start with IP.

bionova-logoIt is for this reason that Emergence, in collaboration with Nova Scotia partner, BioNova, will host an IP workshop for bio-sector innovators and entrepreneurs in Halifax on May 08. Click here for full information and to register!

B+PThe seminar will be presented by leading Canadian IP law firm, Bereskin & Parr LLP Intellectual Property Law. The focus will be on those elements critical to formulating an intellectual property strategy for bioscience startups.

During this IP presentation our colleagues from Bereskin & Parr will discuss different types of IP rights, including trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and patents, and how they can be used to create an IP strategy, build an IP portfolio and create value.


Bearskin & Parr’s Noel Courage

The workshop will be followed by a Q&A session and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenters, Bereskin & Parr’s Noel Courageand Tony Orsi**.

Please indicate if you wish to set up a one-on-one meeting for your venture. To schedule a meeting, please send your name, title & company name to Kerri Mannette at kmannette@bionova.ca  by Monday, May 7, 2018.

Click here for full information and to register!


Emergence director, Martin Yuill

According to Emergence Director, Martin Yuill, “one of the pillars of the Emergence incubator is to provide Canadian life science innovators and entrepreneurs with timely access to top-tier professional advisory services.”

Early-stage, startup and scale-up ventures alike all benefit from professional guidance to: make the right decisions at every stage of their company’s growth, build successful export companies, and compete successfully in the global economy.

“In today’s increasingly hyper-competitive and global knowledge-based economy, having an IP strategy is critical to protect a venture’s value proposition, help define a company’s key points of differentiation, and offer protection to a startup’s competitive advantage,” Yuill says.

See also: IP Workshop by Emergence, BioNova


* Noel Courage – Patent attorney, Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Noel Courage is a partner in the Intellectual Property law firm Bereskin & Parr LLP. He is a lawyer and a US and Canadian patent agent. Noel has been practicing IP law since 1995. He helps with patenting and licensing of life science inventions, particularly biotechnology, chemistry and medical devices.

**Tony Orsi – Patent Agent, Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Tony Orsi is a patent agent and partner with the Intellectual Property law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP. Tony has a background in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as business and helps clients with their patent needs in a wide variety of areas including medical devices, electrical and computer technology, software, mechanical and clean-tech. Tony also mentors startups on understanding Intellectual Property rights and devising an IP strategy to help them achieve their business goals.

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