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
- 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.
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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.
- 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?
- Inventor/patent owner distinction
- Policies governing intellectual property in universities
- Public disclosure
- Trade secrets