Navigating Intellectual Property Challenges in a Fast-Paced Sector

May 2, 2017 | 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Intellectual Property (IP) issues are increasingly at the forefront of high technology companies and permeate many business aspects of these companies.  An increasing number of engineers, product designers, and marketing specialists must grapple with IP issues and need to have a deep knowledge about the evolving role that IP plays in technology companies. It is also important to understand the role that IP plays in partnerships with universities for research and development as well as commercialization.

But, in a rapidly evolving sector such as LED lighting, what effect does IP have?  It took about 60 years for the fluorescent light efficacy to double, while on the other hand, LED efficacy has grown ten-fold over the past decade.  What value does IP have if the efficacy of current light technology evolves so quickly that new products become obsolete a short time after they are brought to market? Learn how different types of IP rights and IP strategies can be used to your advantage in such a fast changing technological environment.
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 Bereskin & Parr LLP

Isi Caulder, Patent and Trademark Agent and Partner

Isi (pr. “Izzy”) Caulder is a partner and patent and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP. Isi has a background in electrical engineering and her practice focuses primarily on helping high technology clients secure patent rights for a wide variety of electrical, computer and mechanical related inventions. She also works with clients to obtain industrial designs and advises on strategic intellectual property portfolio development and management.

Noel Courage, Partner
Noel Courage is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP.  Noel’s practice focuses on the patenting and licensing of inventions. He provides opinions on patent validity and infringement issues. He also has experience in regulatory, trademark and copyright law, and provides advice on IP portfolio management strategy. 
Noel has lectured on IP licensing at the Patents and Trade Secrets course at the University of Toronto since 2011. He is an Assistant Director in the McGill University/ Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) “Understanding Patents” course.
Tony Orsi, Patent Agent and Partner

Tony Orsi is a patent agent and partner with the IP law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP, which has over 70 professionals that specialize in different areas of IP. Tony has a background in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as business and focuses on helping individuals, startups, companies, colleges and universities with their patent needs in a wide variety of areas including electrical and computer technology, medical devices, software, mechanical and clean-tech. Tony also mentors startups on understanding IP rights and devising an IP strategy to help them achieve their business goals.