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Program

OCT 11

     
16:30–
18:30
 

Registration

18:30  

Wine & Dine by the Falls

Elements on the Falls Restaurant

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Pre-registration required. Limited seating.
Dress code: business casual

Reconnect with old friends and colleagues and enjoy an evening of wine tasting with local Niagara wineries and casual dining as close as you can be to the thundering Falls.

Elements on the Falls Restaurant is a 20-minute walk from the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Shuttle service will be provided for those who wish transportation.

     

OCT 12

     
07:00–
16:30
 

Registration

07:00–
08:30
 

Breakfast

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07:45-08:15  

Pathways to Diversity in the Canadian Judiciary

Marco Mendicino, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

08:30–
08:40
 

Opening Remarks

Paul Lomic Lomic Law (Toronto)
Chair, IPIC Forums and Seminars Committee

Stephen Beney Bereskin & Parr LLP (Mississauga)
IPIC President

08:40-09:00  

IP and Innovation – A Fireside Chat with ISED Parliamentary Secretary David Lametti

IPIC President Stephen Beney in conversation with David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary
to ISED Minister Navdeep Bains.

09:00-10:00  

Plenary

The College and Professional Ethics: What it Means for IP Professionals 

Robert Mitchell Robert E. Mitchell IP Consultant (Montréal)
Carol Hitchman Sprigings Intellectual Property Law (Toronto)

10:00-10:15  

Networking Break

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10:15–
11:15
 

Patents

The Law of Utility in Canada – Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?

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

Julie Desrosiers Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Montréal)
Richard Naiberg Goodmans LLP (Toronto)
Jason Hynes Bereskin & Parr LLP (Waterloo)

  • The “highs” and “lows” of utility, sound prediction and promise
  • Impact of the SCC’s decision in Nexium
  • How the law of utility and sound prediction impacts high tech, mechanical, and other non-pharma patents
  • What are the implications of the NAFTA challenge decision?
10:15–
11:15
 

Trademarks

Who’s Offended? – A Review of the Laws on Obscene, Scandalous and Immoral Marks in Canada, the US and the EU

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

Stephanie Chong Hoffer Adler LLP (Toronto)
Joel MacMull Archer Law (New York)
James Tumbridge Venner Shipley LLP (UK)

  • The statutory bases for refusing obscene/scandalous/immoral marks
  • A review of the case law and current issues
  • How does free speech fit in?
11:15–
12:15
 

Patents

Post-Final Practice – Understanding Your Options at the End of the Line

Moderator: Erin Pisko Cenovus Energy (Calgary)

Daphne Lainson Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Ottawa)
Yuichi Watanabe Osha Liang LLP (Tokyo)

  • Flexibility of Final Practice –creative ways to get to issuance
  • Objectives and Options – understanding the similarities and differences in the CA/US systems
  • Minimizing costs and maximizing value – how to make best use of the system
11:15–
12:15
 

Trademarks

Sounds, Scents, Flavours – An Update on Non-Traditional Marks in Canada, the US and the EU

Moderator: Jennifer McKay Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP (Ottawa)

Lorraine Pinsent MLT Aikins (Calgary)
Emma Pitcher Boult Wade Tennant (UK)
Keith A. Weltsch Scully Scott Murphy Presser PC (Garden City, NY)

  • State of the law in Canada, Europe and the US on registrability and enforceability of non-traditional marks
  • Predictions and recommendations for the future
12:15–
14:00
 

Lunch and AGM

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14:00-15:00  

Patents

Updating Your Toolkit for Fighting Obviousness Issues Post-Sanofi

Moderator: Doug Thompson Thompson Cooper LLP (Victoria)

Jennifer Marles Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP (Vancouver)
Louis-Pierre Gravelle ROBIC LLP (Montréal)
Alan Macek DLA Piper (Toronto)

  • Why not all prior art makes an invention obvious
  • How to negate a motivation to combine
  • How to challenge an allegation that the invention would be “obvious to try”
  • The role “inventive concept” plays in the obviousness analysis
14:00-15:00  

Trademarks

Use It or Lose It: Non-Use Cancellation Proceedings

Moderator: Nadya Romanova Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)

Scott MacKendrick Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)
May Cheng Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

  • When to request a section 45 proceeding
  • What evidence does a registered owner need to respond to a section 45 proceeding
  • Trends in recent decisions
  • Consequences of removing “use” as a registration requirement
15:00-16:00  

Plenary

Trademarks, Copyright and VQA: Branding and Marketing Issues for Wineries in Canada

Moderator: Colleen Stanley Stanley Law (Toronto)

Tina Truszyk Andrew Peller Limited (Niagara)
Svetlana Atcheva Pearl-Morissette Estate Winery (Niagara)
Chris Wilson Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Vancouver)

  • Estate or personal names as trademarks and use of non-traditional marks
  • Impact of the geographical indication prohibition
  • Infringement issues for artwork or textual elements used on labels
  • Obtaining approval to use appellation terms and certification marks on labels
16:00–
17:00
 

Women in IP Networking Group (WING) Reception

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All delegates welcome.

18:30  

Gala Dinner & Entertainment

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Join us for an evening of elegant dining and spectacular entertainment as we honour the accomplishments of members of the IP profession with IPIC’s Educational Foundation Awards.

ZACADA: Circus Entertainment That Rocks!

Be prepared to be inspired and surprised by the stunning performances of Zacada Entertainment featuring established and emerging talent on the cutting edge of circus.

This is an evening not to be missed…and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

Pre-registration required. Limited seating. Black tie recommended.

22:30  

Dessert Reception

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Continue your evening with a nightcap and a little something sweet at the Dessert Reception.

     

OCT 13

     
07:00–
14:30
 

Registration

07:00–
08:30
 

Breakfast

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08:30–
09:00
 

CIPO Update

Johanne Bélisle CEO, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks (CIPO) 

09:00–
10:00
 

Plenary

Keep It or Share It: Confidential and Proprietary Information in Joint Ventures

Moderator: Daniel Davies Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Ottawa)

Ann Watterworth Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (Toronto)
Leonora Hoicka IBM Corporation (New York)

  • Should your client agree to confidentiality obligations?
  • When confidentiality obligations arise without an agreement
  • Identifying and managing potential ownership issues
  • Can confidential information be unlearned? What prevents its continued use?
10:00–
10:15
 

Networking Break

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10:15–
11:15
 

Patents

Canada’s Innovation Strategy

Moderator: Heather Mueller NCS Multistage (Calgary)

Dr. Sarah Lubik Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby)
Dr. Tyler Wish Healthcare Entrepreneur

10:15–
11:15
 

Copyright

Copyright: Fair Dealing and Technological Protection Measures

Moderator: John Cotter Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

Erin Best Stewart McKelvey (St. John’s)
Jess Zagar Access Copyright (Toronto)
Mark Biernacki Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Toronto)

  • Current state of the law and issues
  • Where do pay walls fit in
  • Can fair dealing apply to TPM circumvention
11:15–
12:15
 

Patents

Updates from the Patent Office

Moderator: Nathaniel Lipkus Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

Agnès Lajoie Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents (CIPO)

11:15–
12:15
 

Trademarks

Updates from the Trademarks Office

Moderator: Marion Bailey-Canham Gowling WLG (Ottawa)

Mesmin Pierre Director General, Trademarks Branch (CIPO)

12:30–
13:30
 

IP Roundtables and Lunch

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  • Lunch with the Director General of the Trademarks Branch
  • Lunch with the Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents
  • Diversity in the workplace – why is it important and how to achieve it? 
  • File management from start to finish
  • Foreign negligence issues – are you at risk?
  • Millennials in the workforce – expectations and responsibilities
  • Due diligence in patent and trademark searches
  • Professionalism for new lawyers – sage advice

Pre-registration required. 

13:30–
14:30
 

Plenary

Talking to Your Client – The New Conversation

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

Kathryn Szymczyk SC&C (Ottawa)
Denise Lacombe AstraZeneca Canada Inc. (Mississauga)

  • The shifting roles of inside counsel
  • What inside counsel REALLY want
  • The need for changes in our approach to client relationships
  • Tips for fostering behaviours and habits that set you apart 
14:30–
16:00
 

Plenary

Top IP Cases of the Year

Moderator: Kavita Ramamoorthy Fineberg.Legal LLP (Toronto)

Matthew Estabrooks Gowling WLG (Ottawa)
Chantal Desjardins Goudreau Gage Dubuc (Montréal)
Andrew Skodyn Lenczner Slaght LLP (Toronto)

16:00  

Safe Travels Home!

     

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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