Intellectual Property Workshop: “The Business of IP” – You’re Invited!

December 1, 2016

We previously announced the formation of a new partnership program to support innovators and entrepreneurs. With this program, Emergence has partnered with leading providers of professional financial, legal and IP services to support our clients’ growth. Click here to read more about this initiative, and to check out our incredible Partners!

Known as the Professional Service Provider Program – or PSP2 – this new initiative will further strengthen the support offered by Emergence to our client companies.

In addition, under the Expert Education Program (EEP), our PSP2 Partners will deliver a range of value-adding educational roundtables, workshops and seminars to enhance the business skills of Canada’s bioscience and food entrepreneurs.

blg-logoThe first event in the EEP program will be offered in collaboration with our IP partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG).

You, and representatives from your company, are invited to attend a workshop with BLG to learn about “Using Patents as Business Tools“.

  • DATE AND TIME: Thursday, 15 December 2016, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM AST (a light networking lunch will follow).
  • LOCATION: The Holman Grand Hotel, 123 Grafton Street-3rd Floor , Dunes Beach Room-3rd Floor , Charlottetown, PE. To register, click here! 

 (Please note that seating is limited and will be offered strictly on a first-come, first-served basis)

In addition, personal “one-to-one” follow-up meetings with our presenter, Jennifer Raoul, can be booked for the afternoon of December 15.

Why you should attend: Intellectual property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets for any venture – start-up or established SME. Having an effective IP strategy in place is essential.

This session will examine techniques to use patents as a business tool to create value for your company, while avoiding common pitfalls. Join us to learn how an effective IP strategy goes well beyond filing a patent application and can be used to protect market share, build shareholder value, and put your business at the head of the line for future investment.

Some of the topics to be addressed will include:

  • Patents vs. other forms of protection (risks vs. benefits)
  • Patentability vs. Freedom–to–Operate
  • Conducting searches to assess market/patent position before investing too much
  • Use of confidentiality agreements/non-disclosure agreements
  • Inventorship vs. Ownership
  • IP protections in company agreements
  • Preparing for and conducting IP due diligence
  • Record keeping
  • Costs and filing strategies
  • Assignments vs Licenses
  • Valuation

To register, please click here!  

About our Facilitator: Jennifer Raoul is a partner and patent agent in the Ottawa office of BLG. Jennifer conducted an Industrial Research Rotation at a global pharmaceutical company and thus has both academic and industry experience. Jennifer now specializes in patent procurement and related business and legal strategies in the life sciences field. Jennifer works with clients in the private and public sectors, including universities and life sciences companies of all sizes, from start-ups to global organizations.

About BLG: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading, full-service, Canadian law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions. BLG is one of the country’s largest law firms with more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five cities across Canada. BLG’s Intellectual Property Group is responsible for over 58,000 patent applications and patents, over 50,000 trademark applications and registrations, and over 4,000 industrial design applications and registrations.