Oct 14

11:00-11:20   Conference Kickoff with IPIC’s New President



11:20-12:00   Keynote


Suhayya Abu-Hakima VP, Operations & Business Development, Genasys Inc. (Ottawa)

12:00-13:00   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)

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) 
Alyssa Finamore Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO (Arlington, VA)
Jason Hynes Bereskin & Parr LLP (Waterloo)

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s examination in 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
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   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 and Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

15:15-15:30   Break
15:30-16:30   IP Roundtables

16:30-17:30   Virtual Social Event


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 (Ottawa)

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 Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (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
13:15-14:15   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
  • Q&A
13:15-14:15   Trademarks

Google and Alphabet Soup

Moderator: Barry Fong Osler, Hoskin and 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 (Ottawa)

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 (Ottawa)

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)

16:30-16:45   Closing remarks


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