Oct 14

11:00-11:20   Conference Kickoff
11:20-12:00   Keynote

Successful Exits: Lessons Learned from a Tech Entrepreneur in AI

Suhayya Abu-Hakima Co-Founder/CEO, Alstari Corporation (Ottawa)

  • This session will focus on the importance of intellectual property in protecting innovation and launching successful start-ups. Dr. Abu-Hakima is now on her third tech start-up. Her first two ventures resulted in the issuance of 48 patents and over 45 registered trademarks across multiple jurisdictions. She will take you through the lessons she learned in setting up her tech start-ups and in overcoming barriers to innovation to achieve successful exits.
12:00-13:00   Plenary

Fireside Chat: Views from the Federal Court   

Moderator: Scott MacKendrick Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)  

The Honourable Janet M. Fuhrer Federal Court
The Honourable Angela Furlanetto Federal Court 

13:00-13:15   Break
13:15-14:15   Patents

Patent Commercialization, Financing and Leveraging

Moderator: Elizabeth Dipchand Dipchand LLP (Toronto)

Paula Mendonça Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s)
Eric Futin Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

  • Funding and financing considerations and realities
  • Public and private programs for leveraging patented assets
  • Legal strategies to support monetization of patented technologies and products
13:15-14:15   Trademarks

Trademark Trouble: You Say Descriptive, I Say Distinctive

Moderator: Arnold Ceballos The Bank of Nova Scotia (Toronto)

Thomas Kurys Wilson Lue LLP (Toronto)
Suzanne Antal Benoît & Côté (Montréal)

  • Practical tips to overcome inherent distinctiveness objections
  • Solving the problems presented by simultaneous clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive objections
  • Practical tips to overcome geographic descriptiveness objections
14:15-15:15   Patents

The U.S. IPR Process and Its Impact on Canadian Clients  

Moderator: Brian Gray Brian Gray Law (Toronto)

Erika Harmon Arner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP (Reston, VA) 
Jason Hynes Bereskin & Parr LLP (Waterloo)
Kalyan Deshpande PTAB, USPTO (Arlington, VA)

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s examination in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc. and the resulting Arthrex-director-review process implemented for IPRs
  • Challenges of the IPR system, expedited timelines and the critical importance of getting the evidence right from the start
  • What Canadian innovators need to know when their U.S. patents are faced with an IPR
  • How to take advantage of this unique process
14:15-15:15   Trademarks

From Champagne to Cannabis: The Evolution of Section 22 of the Trademarks Act and Implications for the Future

Moderator: Colleen Stanley Stanley Law (Toronto)

Michael Sharp Aurora Cannabis Inc. (Edmonton)
May Cheng Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

  • Update on S. 22 case law post Veuve Clicquot 
  • Analysis of Toys R Us v. Herbs R Us and Subway IP LLC v. Budway, Cannabis and Wellness, and implications for future cases
  • Should S. 22 of the Trademarks Act be amended?
15:15-15:30   Break
15:30-16:30   IP Roundtables
  • Micro-aggression in the workplace and beyond                               
  • Managing client expectations and obligations   
  • Challenges of a sole or small practice   
  • Paths to partnership for the young practitioner   
  • Balancing increased workloads and decreased budgets   
  • Alternative dispute resolution or litigation?   
16:30-17:30   Virtual Social Event

Oct 15

11:00-11:30   Plenary

College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents: Update   

Moderator: Louis-Pierre Gravelle Bereskin & Parr LLP (Montréal)

Darrel Pink CEO & Registrar, CPATA (Halifax)

11:30-12:00   Plenary

Canadian Intellectual Property Office: Update

Moderator: Marion Bailey-Canham Gowling WLG (Ottawa)

Konstantinos Georgaras CEO (interim), CIPO

12:00-13:00   Plenary

Summary Judgment and Summary Trial: The World Has Changed. Did You Miss It?

Moderator: Jeilah Chan Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)

Mat Brechtel Seastone IP (Vancouver)
Andrew Moeser Lenczner Slaght LLP (Toronto)

  • Motion for summary judgment or summary trial?
  • Considerations for a responding party
  • Practical considerations for a summary trial hearing
  • Potential for non-dispositive summary motions (e.g., Markman hearings in patent cases)?
13:00-13:15   Break
13h15-14h15   Patents

Patent Law Debate: Be it Resolved that Inventive Concept Has a Place in Canadian Patent Law

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

Jean-Sébastien Dupont Smart & Biggar LLP (Montréal)
Dominique Hussey Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)
Nicole Mantini Torys LLP (Toronto)
Peter Wilcox Belmore Neidrauer LLP (Toronto)

  • Overview of inventive concept in Canadian patent law
  • Persuasive arguments in favour of inventive concept
  • Persuasive arguments opposed to inventive concept
  • Substantive entertaining debate
13:15-14:15   Copyright

Google and Alphabet Soup

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

Rebecca Tushnet Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA)
Matthew Estabrooks Gowling WLG (Ottawa)
Catherine Lovrics Marks & Clerk (Toronto)

  • U.S. and Canadian views on Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc.
  • APIs and AI and NFTs, (oh my)!
  • What does the future hold for software and copyright?
14:15-15:15   Patents

Patent Office Practice Update

Moderator: Jean-Charles Grégoire Marks & Clerk (Ottawa)

Virginie Ethier Director General, Patent Branch, CIPO
Jeffrey Orser A/Senior Director, Patent Services and Strategic Affairs, CIPO
Scott Vasudev Director, Patent Policy and International Affairs, CIPO

14:15-15:15   Trademarks

Trademarks Office Practice Update

Moderator: Coleen Morrison Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP (Ottawa)

Mesmin Pierre Director General, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch, CIPO
Nathalie Auger Director, Trademarks, Industrial Design and Copyright, CIPO
Iyana Goyette Deputy Director, Policy and Legislation, CIPO

15:15-15:30   Break
15:30-16:30   Plenary

Diversity Driving Innovation   

Moderator: Sana Halwani Lenczner Slaght LLP (Toronto)

Karima Bawa CEO, 3D Bridge Solutions Inc. (Vancouver)
Graham Jones Novartis (New York)

16h30-16h45   Closing Remarks


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