Free Clinic on Intellectual Property Law Considerations for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs
At this month's Midtown Chamber of Commerce meeting, we will be bringing a free pop-up legal clinic to Davisville Workspace. Through this pop-up clinic, we aim to provide support for local entrepreneurs on topics such as protecting and commercializing ideas. All are welcome!
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Intellectual property (IP) is an important asset for companies at all stages of development. Whether your business or service is based on an invention, creation, or brand, IP rights can be used to protect your ideas, your goodwill and place in the marketplace, and offer commercialization and valuation prospects. In this session, staff and fellows from IP Osgoode’s Innovation Clinic will discuss the importance of creating an IP strategy, things to consider when thinking about protecting your inventions, and how the Innovation Clinic can assist with beginning and solidifying an IP protection and commercialization strategy. The session will provide IP information and tips to assist start-ups and entrepreneurs from various industries.
Under the guidance and mentorship of the supervising lawyers, Innovation Clinic Fellows provide one-to-one legal information services to inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies to assist with the innovation and commercialization processes. Through this hands-on practical experience, Innovation Clinic Fellows learn about common early-stage IP and business issues facing actors in the innovation ecosystem. Innovation Clinic Fellows student volunteers from Osgoode Hall Law School. All of there work is supervised by lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Bereskin & Parr LLP.
The Innovation Clinic currently offers intellectual property and preliminary freedom-to-operate work in the following areas: reviewing basic issues in business transactions involving intellectual property; patent searches and prior art searches; trademark searches; agreement review (Internal, Contractor, License, etc.); application drafting and/or review; and, other tasks as assigned and supervised by the supervising lawyer.
Joseph Turcotte, PhD
Innovation Clinic Coordinator