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Intellectual Property Workshop - June 17, 2014 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Rm. 12 - McConnell Engineering Building, 3480 University Street Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7

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, June 13, 2014

To register click here.

 Case to be covered

Samantha Chang: Who Owns the Invention?

(2013 Version)

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.

Topics covered

Inventor/patent owner distinction 

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

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?



The ISS Training Program is funded in part by Funded in part by the National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada and by the Participating Universities:  

  Training program activities hosted by McGill University     ISS hosted in concert with Universite de Sherbrooke          ISS hosted in concert with Ecole Polytechnique       ISS hosted in concert with INRS