Intellectual Property Workshop - May 29, 2015 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: McGill University.

The ISS Program is proud to present a workshop on intellectual property from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.  CIPO is responsible registering patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies in Canada.  Their accomplished IP leaders will introduce the Canadian IP system and raise awareness of IP by introducing basic concepts such as

  •  the importance and strategic use of IP;

  • an introduction to trade secrets, patents, trade-marks, copyrights and industrial designs;

  •  useful resources and tips;

  •  links to IP publications and on-line tools; and

  • contact information.

Mr .  Christian Cawthorn will be delivering the presentation called "IP: What's in it for you?" followed by the delivery of the Samatha Chang Case Study outlined below.

Participants will also have the chance to explore and apply issues in IP by participating in a case study with an experienced discussion leader.   The case study (see below) will cover:

  • Value of trade-marks and patents and of trade secrets
  • Types of IP 
  • Defining and protecting a new discovery
  • Disclosure
  • Criteria for patentability
  • Value of information found in IP databases
  • IP ownership

Students are expected to read the case and information provided to them before the session. 

Cost: $15 plus taxes; deadline to register: Friday, May 27, 2015

To register click here.


Example of Case covered in 2013 workshop

Samantha Chang: Who Owns the Invention?

Just after she turned 18 and before starting classes at Provincial Technical University (PTU), Samantha Chang got a summer job in the PTU engineering research lab. She works in the laboratory of Professor John Milbourne. Samantha's status is unclear as the professor pays a small monthly stipend out of a miscellaneous research account for work delivered.

That summer Professor Milbourne's lab was puzzling out a quality control problem faced by a client, AutoPartsCo. As part of this project, Samantha develops and implements an idea worth thousands of dollars to the client company. The client wants to file a patent on the idea.

Sample questions

    What rights does Samantha Chang have regarding her idea?
    Is Samantha's idea patentable since it uses existing technology?
    What rights does the company, AutoPartsCo, have in relation to the invention?

Topics covered

Inventor/patent owner distinction 

  • Policies governing intellectual property in universities
  • Public disclosure
  • Trade secrets