When: Tuesday August 28, 2012 (1:00-5:00pm)
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.
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 studies (see below) will cover:
- Value of trade-marks and patents and of trade secrets
- Types of IP
- Defining and protecting a new discovery
- Criteria for patentability
- Value of information found in IP databases
- IP ownership
Lastly, we have invited Dr. Hosseinali (Roozbeh) Safavieh to hive his personal perspective on the patent registration process of microfabrication based IP and on licensing with McGill.
Students are expected to read the case and information provided to them before the session.
To register click here
Cases to be Covered
A computer software small business owner was impressed while reviewing the work of a programming employee. The programmer's work identified a new way of sorting database records that was twice as fast as traditional methods. The employee had devised the idea while working on a client project. The business owner would like to know when questions regarding IP protection should be raised.
- What rights are there in the client contract?
- What IP regimes apply?
- What types of IP protection are available and which one should be secured?
A researcher in a pharmaceutical company appears to have discovered a molecule that seems to have a significant effect in the treatment of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Research was done in patent databases to verify if any patents have been issued for the chemical compound.
The researcher found that in 1993 a patent was issued to another company for a compound that has the same chemical structure, but it had since expired due to non-payment of renewal fees. Having little experience in dealing with intellectual property, the researcher wonders if a patent can be filed for her research.
- What rights would a patent give Telecan?
- How does an expired patent affect a new discovery?