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Smart & Biggar partners lead sessions in trademarks and patents at IPIC-McGill summer IP courses

Smart & Biggar partners Christian Bolduc, Christine Genge, Sanjay Goorachurn, Philip Lapin and Sanro Zlobec will participate as instructors in the 2021 Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Understanding Trademarks and Understanding Patents courses. The courses will be offered remotely between July 12-23, 2021, in partnership with McGill University, to provide practical instruction for those working in legal, business and government sectors.

Understanding Trademarks is an intensive & practical course providing valuable information from the perspective of Canadian, American and European practitioners on how to acquire, manage & protect trademark assets, as well as dealing with contentious proceedings.

Christian Bolduc will lead module 1 class ‘Trademark Applications: Filing Requirements, Madrid and Other Special Applications’, on July 12, and Philip Lapin will discuss ‘Opposition Proceedings: Overview, Context & Strategy’ on July 14, as part of Module 2. 

Understanding Patents covers an introduction to patent law in two modules. Module 1 provides an overview of obtaining and enforcing patents, while module 2 gives insight into exploiting IP rights and strategies for patent portfolio management.

Christine Genge will participate in module 1 workshop ‘Invention Mining and Patent Claims Drafting’ on July 19. On July 22 and 23 respectively, Sanjay Goorachurn will lead the course ‘Considerations relating to Funding and Valuation’ and Sanro Zlobec will discuss Alternative Patent Leveraging—both part of module 2.

Since 1994, IPIC and McGill University have gathered the best industry practitioners each summer to conduct this series of courses in IP. More than 2,000 professionals from the business, legal and public sectors have participated in this unique summer program, which brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect through a common interest in Canadian intellectual property. In 2021, all participants will continue to attend the program remotely.

View the full course schedule on IPIC’s website.

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.