12:30-13:00   Conference Kickoff with IPIC’s New President

Stephanie Chong Hoffer Adler LLP (Toronto)

  • Opening remarks
  • 2020 Year in Review video
  • What’s to come at IPIC this year
  • Patent and Trademark Institute Education Foundation Awards Ceremony
13:00-13:30   Fireside Chat with the Honourable Thomas Cromwell

Moderator: Sana Halwani Lenczner Slaght (Toronto)

Hon. Thomas Cromwell Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Vancouver)

  • Access to justice and the impact of virtual hearings
  • The judicial decision-making process
  • The role of oral advocacy in appeals
  • Hon. Cromwell’s most memorable cases at the SCC
  • The limits (if any) that should be placed on the role or files taken on by retired judges
13:30-14:00   CIPO Update

Moderator: Marion Bailey-Canham Gowling WLG (Ottawa)
Chair, IPIC Conference Committee

Konstantinos Georgaras Interim Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and CEO, CIPO


14:00-14:15   Break
14:15-15:00   Plenary

Indigenous IP – Is it Possible to Square the Circle?  

Moderator: Stephanie Chong Hoffer Adler LLP (Toronto)

Merle Alexander MT+Co (Vancouver) 
Catherine Bell University of Alberta (Edmonton)

  • Colonial underpinnings of the Western IP system and inherent conflicts with indigenous notions of “intellectual property”
  • Ideas for reconciling the two systems
  • Squaring the circle – a case study based on commercialization and licensing of Kisameet Glacial Clay
15:00-16:00   Plenary

The Year We Won’t Forget: Reviewing 2020’s Top Canadian IP Decisions

Moderator: Jordana Sanft Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)

Michelle Nelles Torys LLP (Toronto)
Judith Robinson Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Montréal)
Bob Tarantino Dentons LLP (Toronto)



12:30-13:15   Patents

Patent Office Practice Update

Moderator: Patricia Folkins Bereskin & Parr LLP (Mississauga)
Chair, IPIC Patent Committee

Virginie Éthier Director General, Patent Branch, CIPO
Scott Vasudev Division Chief, Patent Branch, CIPO
Christine Piché Director, Patent Branch, CIPO

12:30-13:15   Trademarks

Trademarks Office Practice Update

Moderator: Donna White Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Ottawa)
Chair, IPIC Trademark Committee

Mesmin Pierre Director General, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch, CIPO
Iyana Goyette Deputy Director, Trademarks Branch, CIPO

13:15-14:00   Patents

File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada and the United States: What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You

Moderator: Yael Bienenstock Torys LLP (Toronto)

Alan Macek DLA Piper (Toronto)
Malaika Tyson McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. (Chicago)

  • An update on the Canadian amendment and jurisprudence
  • The US experience with file wrapper estoppel and what Canada can learn from the US experience
  • Significance and use of foreign file wrappers in the US and Canada
13:15-14:00   Trademarks

The New Bad Faith Ground in Opposition Cases: What Can Canada Learn From Other Countries?

Moderator: Colleen Stanley Stanley Law (Toronto)

David Rose Mishcon de Reya (London, UK)
Claudia Stangle Leydig, Voit & Mayer (Chicago)

  • Resources to use for guidance on how the TMOB and the court may apply the new S. 38(2)(a.1) ground of opposition
  • A review of EU and UK case law dealing with allegations of bad faith
  • A review of US court and TTAB cases on bona fide intention to use and fraud and ICANN domain name proceedings on bad faith
14:00-14:15   Break
14:15-15:00   Patents

The Curious Case of Section 56

Moderator: Elizabeth Dipchand Dipchand LLP (Toronto)

Stephen Ferance Carbon Patent Group (Vancouver)
Beverley Moore Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Ottawa)

  • The rise of new/expanded prior use defenses to infringement
  • The fall of specificity
  • The perplexing subsequent use by purchasers
14:15-15:00   Copyright

Copyright Earthquakes or Minor Tremors? Site Blocking and Reverse Class Actions

Moderator: Neil Henderson Gowling WLG (Waterloo)

Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie Smart & Biggar (Montréal)
Graham Reynolds University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

  • What are these important new copyright remedies? Learn practical tips on their use
  • Site blocking orders: when and why should rightsholders seek this type of relief?
  • Reverse class actions: is this type of action available in the copyright context in Canada?
15:00-15:45   Patents

Patentable Subject Matter of Computer-Implemented Inventions  

Moderator: Brian Gray Brian Gray Law (Toronto)

Hugh Mansfield Lavery de Billy, LLP (Montréal)
Jerry Selinger Patterson + Sheridan LLP (Dallas)

  • Where are we post Alice in the U.S. and post in Canada?
  • How are the USPTO and CIPO applying these decisions at the PTAB and PAB?
  • Questions about the Alice test at CAFC in HP v. Berkheimer and Athena v. Mayo
  • In Canada, is a new court decision likely or helpful?
15:00-15:45   Trademarks | Copyright

Trademarks and Copyright for a Better Tomorrow

Moderator: Barry Fong Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Ottawa)

Alexandra Mogyoros Ryerson University (Toronto)
Myra J. Tawfik University of Windsor

  • How trademarks and copyright promote the public good
  • The use of trademarks by brand owners to improve our society
  • The origins of Canadian copyright law and how it informs current and emerging trends
15:45-16:30   Plenary

The New College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents 

Moderator: Alain Leclerc Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Montréal)

Thomas Conway Chair, College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (Ottawa)
Darrel Pink CEO and Registrar, College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (Halifax)



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