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Smart & Biggar IP experts present at 2022 IPIC-McGill Summer Program in Intellectual Property

Smart & Biggar is proud to participate once again in this year’s Intellectual Property Summer Program, offered in partnership by McGill University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), from July 11 – July 27, 2022.

Over the course of the program, Smart & Biggar partners from Montréal and Ottawa will share their knowledge and expertise in patents, trademarks and IP strategy. Speakers include: Christian Bolduc, Christine Genge, Sanjay Goorachurn, Philip Lapin and Sanro Zlobec.

The program is divided into three courses covering a wide range of topics to help practitioners in the legal, business and government sectors keep up to date on the latest in IP. Participants can sign up for individual modules, full courses, or enrol in the entire program.


  • Understanding Trademarks: July 11 – July 15, 2022
  • Understanding Patents: July 18 – July 22, 2022
  • Copyright Master Class: July 25 – July 27, 2022

Understanding Trademarks

July 11

Partner, Christian Bolduc, will present during Module 1 “Basics of Canadian trademark prosecution,” on July 11, in an engaging session titled: “Trademark applications: Filing requirements and special types of applications,” providing an introduction to the trademark office, preparing applications, the procedure, forms and required information, priority dates to be aware of and registrability restrictions. Christian will also discuss special applications, certification marks, official marks and mode of packaging/3D marks followed by a “Trademark filing strategy” workshop.

July 13

Partner, Philip Lapin, will present during Module 2 “Fundamentals of trademark management and contentious proceedings,” on July 13. He will provide insight into “Opposition proceedings: Overview, context and strategy” detailing the procedure and steps of opposition, why you should consider opposing, the costs and strategy, evidence, written arguments and hearings as well as the options available for settlement. This discussion will be followed by a “Reporting examiner’s reports” workshop.

Understanding patents

July 18

Partner, Christine Genge, will present “Designs: An Overview”  in Module 1 “Obtaining and enforcing a patent,” on July 18. Christine will discuss registrable designs, interface with patents and copyrights, originality and prosecution in Canada and internationally. This presentation will be followed by an “Invention mining and patent claims drafting” workshop.

July 21

Partner, Sanjay Goorachurn, will participate in a panel discussion in Module 2 “Considerations relating to funding and valuation,” on July 21

July 22

Partner, Sanro Zlobec, will join panellists in Module 2 “Alternative patent leveraging,” on July 22.

Join Canada’s leading IP experts at this year’s IPICs Intellectual Property Summer Program.

About Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and technology law and have been serving clients for over a century.