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Program

OCT 10

     
16:30-18:15  

Registration

18:30-21:30  

Dinner at the Vancouver Aquarium

Gold Sponsor :   

Reconnect with old friends and colleagues, meet new ones and enjoy a dinner amongst an unforgettable living art gallery of aquatic life. The Vancouver Aquarium, a sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park with a worldwide reputation as a leading marine science centre, is Canada’s largest aquarium and is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Vancouver Aquarium.

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

 

     

OCT 11

     
07:00-17:00  

Registration

07:00-08:30  

Breakfast

Gold Sponsor: 

07:45-08:15  

Breakfast Presentation

Supporting Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property in B.C.

Hon. Bruce Ralston Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology

08:30-08:40  

Opening Remarks

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

Grant W. Lynds Marks & Clerk Canada (Ottawa)
IPIC President

08:40-09:40  

Keynote Address

09:40-10:00  

Networking Break

10:00-11:00  

Plenary

Emerging Technologies 101   

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • AI and machine learning
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Moderator: Isi Caulder Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)

Tim Vasko Founder & CEO, Finaeos (Victoria)
Robin Monks Director of Engineering, Finn AI (Vancouver)
Jeff Betts Client Executive, BC Healthcare, IBM (Victoria)

11:00-12:00  

Patents

“Hey [Smart Speaker], Get Me a Patent”: Issues in the New World of Artificial Intelligence

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

Stephen Ferance Gowling WLG (Vancouver)
Miles Steininger Principal R&D Enablement and IP, Visier Inc. (Vancouver)

11:00-12:00  

Copyright

Copyright Issues in the New World of Artificial Intelligence

  • Primer for lawyers – what is it today; where is it going?
  • Does Copyright subsist in AI generated works?
  • TBD – Use of AI by practitioners – e.g. trademark searching and opinions

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

Jon Festinger Q.C., Festinger Law & Strategy (Vancouver)
Maya Medeiros Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Vancouver/Toronto)
Kimberly Voll Senior Technical Designer, Riot Games (Los Angeles, CA)

12:00-13:45  

Lunch

Gold Sponsor:   

14:00-15:00  

Patents

Fracking Dow: A Discussion of Patent Infringement and Remedies

  • The distinctions between non-infringing alternatives in profits and the Court’s treatment of fixed costs
  • The recognition and award of “springboard” profits
  • Reasonable Royalties: as post-award damages, pre-award “reasonable compensation”, MWTP, MWTA, and why not an established royalty?

Moderator: David Tait McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Toronto)

Benjamin Hackett Goodmans LLP (Toronto)
Marek Nitoslawski Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Montréal)
Ephraim Stulberg MDD Forensic Accountants (Toronto)

14:00-15:00  

Trademarks | Copyright

Has Trademark & Copyright Trolling Come to Canada?

  • Proposed use applications – current state of affairs with some applicants filing applications in multiple classes
  • What is an intention to use?
  • Copyright trolling

Moderator: Mark Davis Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)

Isabelle Jomphe Goudeau Gage Dubuc (Montréal)
Catherine Lovrics Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)
Verena von Bomhard BomhardIP (Alicante, Spain)

15:00-16:00  

Patents

Opposing Patents on Opposite Sides of the World

Moderator: S. Serge Shahinian Goudreau Gage Dubuc (Montréal)

Heidi Keefe Cooley LLP (Palo Alto, CA)
Arnie Clarke Gill Jennings & Every LLP (London, UK)

15:00-16:00  

Copyright

Copyright Latest and Hottest Topics in Technology

  • Overview of international and domestic legal developments in data and database protection
  • How copyright protection for data may impact the perceived need for copyright in databases
  • How industrial design rights in GUIs co-exist alongside copyright, trade-mark and patent rights
  • Practical tips for filing industrial design applications specifically for GUIs
  • Overview of intermediary liability in Europe
  • Discussion of SCC Google decision and the interplay of the principles from Google with the current treatment of intermediaries in the Copyright Act

Moderator: Colleen Stanley Stanley Law (Toronto)

Casey Chisick Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (Toronto)
Graham Reynolds University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
Jennifer Jannuska Deeth Williams Wall (Toronto)

16:00-17:00  

Women in IP Networking Group (WING) Reception

Gold Co-sponsors :            

All delegates welcome.

17:00  

Free Time in Vancouver

     

OCT 12

     
07:00-15:30  

Registration

07:00-08:30  

Breakfast

Gold Sponsor: 

07:45-08:15  

Breakfast Presentation

Brexit Update – CITMA Perspective

Tania Clark President, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) (London, UK)

08:30-09:00  

CIPO Update

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

09:00-10:00  

Plenary

The Paperless Office and Other Legal Tech (R)evolutions   

  • How close are we really to the paperless office?
  • How can the latest legal technology – from e-discovery platforms to the cloud – help you in your practice?
  • What are best practices for change management?
  • What is in-house counsel demanding and how can technology help?
  • What’s the right approach: out-of-the-box or bespoke technology solutions?

Moderator: Sana Halwani Lenczner Slaght (Toronto)

Melanie Carmosino Director of IP Operations, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)
Dominic Crosby Technical Program Manager, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)
Kelly Friedman National Counsel, Discovery Services, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Toronto)
Jeremy HessingLewis Small Law (Vancouver)

10:00-10:15  

Networking Break

10:15-11:15  

Patents

The Promise of the Future: Current State of Patent Validity

  • Is promise doctrine truly gone?
  • What is the current state of utility?
  • How have other allegations been effected by AstraZeneca?
  • Will the new PM(NOC) Regulations have practical effects on validity?

Moderator: Yael Bienenstock Torys LLP (Toronto)

Jason Markwell Belmore Neidrauer LLP (Toronto)
Dominique T. Hussey Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)
Kitt Sinden Aird & McBurney LP (Toronto)

10:15-11:15  

Trademarks

What’s in a Name?

Moderator: Elizabeth Dipchand Dipchand LLP (Toronto)

Terry Middlebrook Holland & Knight LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Donna White Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Ottawa)

11:15-12:15  

Patents

CIPO Update – Patents

TBC Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents

11:15-12:15  

Trademarks

CIPO Update Trademarks

Mesmin Pierre Director General, Trademarks Branch

11:15-12:15  

Industrial Design

CIPO Update Industrial Design

Todd Hunter Director, Copyright and Industrial Design Branch

12:30-13:30  

IP Roundtables and Lunch

Gold Sponsor:   

  • Lunch with the Director General of Trademarks
  • Lunch with the Director General of Patents
  • Liability for mistakes of your foreign associates: a risk evaluation  
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) 
  • Indigenous IP  
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion  
  • Best practice for retainers (prosecution, limited scope, litigation funding)  
  • Privilege (agent/litigation) and confidentiality  
13:30-14:15  

IPIC Annual General Meeting

14:15-15:15  

Plenary

Don’t You Know Who I Am? – Privacy, Publicity and Defamation in the 21st Century   

  • Best practices for bringing and defending claims involving matters of expression – a look at the application of anti-SLAPP legislation in the IP litigation context
  • Can you defame a group? Is “.sucks” defamatory and what are the limits of fair comment?
  • When does re-tweeting, linking, or liking result in defamation by republication?
  • The intersection of privacy and publicity – what are the limits of intrusion upon seclusion and the right of publicity (Canada/US)
  • Does the right of publicity extend to the realistic portrayal of real people in an expressive work?

Moderator: Paul Lomic Lomic Law (Toronto)

Justice Mary E. Saunders BC Court of Appeal (Vancouver)
Matthew Diskin
 Gilbert’s LLP (Toronto)
Maanit Zemel Zemel van Kampen LLP (Toronto)
Chris Tollefson University of Victoria (Victoria)

15:15-15:30  

Networking Break

15:30-16:15  

Plenary

Fireside Chat with The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin  

Moderator: Patrick Smith Gowling WLG (Calgary)

16:15-17:00  

Plenary

Top SCC IP Cases of All Time   

Moderator: Doug Thompson Thompson Cooper LLP (Victoria)

Prothonotary Alexandra Steele Federal Court (Montréal)
Steven B. Garland Smart & Biggar (Ottawa)
Stéphane E. Caron Gowling WLG (Ottawa)

17:00  

End of Programming

18:30-22:30  

Gala

Gold Sponsor :     

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

With his trademark humour and easy-going approach, Wayne Lee will entertain with a “hypnosis show” that is guaranteed to incite laughter and delight. Every presentation is unforgettable and filled with fun and inspiration that allows guests to explore the depths of their imagination.

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

22:30  

Dessert Reception

Gold Sponsor : 

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

     

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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