Emergence hosts Charlottetown IP workshop with Bereskin & Parr: focus on improved IP literacy for entrepreneurs

May 12, 2018

Because Intellectual Property (IP) protection is a critical consideration for all new and growing ventures, Emergence, in collaboration with PEI partner Startup Zone, recently hosted an IP workshop for entrepreneurs in Charlottetown.

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Bereskin & Parr’s Noel Courage (L) and Tony Orsi present in Charlottetown

The workshop, held on May 09, was designed specifically to help improve IP literacy among innovators and entrepreneurs. 

The session was presented by Noel Courage and Tony Orsi, Toronto-based Partners at leading Canadian IP law firm, Bereskin & Parr LLP Intellectual Property Law.

The focus of the workshop was on those elements critical to formulating an intellectual property strategy for startups and early-stage ventures.

During their presentation, entitled “Building a Strong Intellectual Property Foundation for Your Startup“, Noel and Tony focused on patents, and how they can be used as the foundation of an IP strategy, to build an IP portfolio, and create value.

The workshop was followed by a Q&A session and one-on-one meetings between the presenters and participating ventures.


Emergence director, Martin Yuill: “having an IP strategy is critical…”

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

Early-stage, startup and scale-up ventures 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 hyper-competitive global economy, understanding the fundamentals of IP protection and having an IP strategy are critical to protecting a venture’s value proposition, helping define a company’s key points of differentiation, and offering protection to a startup’s competitive advantage,” Yuill says.



Left to Right: Martin Yuill, Tony Orsi, Startup Zone’s Shannon Pratt, Interim CEO, and Noel Courage – at Charlottetown’s Startup Zone