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When you negotiate and draft license agreements, whether you are the licensee or licensor, you need to know what to look for to anticipate problems, cover-off key points and adequately protect your client’s interests.

Led by P. Bradley Limpert, an expert faculty of lawyers will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to competently and confidently negotiate and draft IP licenses.

Osgoode’s Certificate in IP Licensing is structured to give you in-depth knowledge of the key aspects of licensing agreements, while also addressing what you need to know about licensing each unique type of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, copyright, data and trade secrets and industrial designs.

You will hear from corporate licensing counsel from a variety of key industry sectors, as well as top intellectual property and licensing lawyers from private practice. Over four intensive days, you will learn:

  • The essentials of each type of IP
  • How to identify underlying IP and chain of title issues
  • Critical considerations for License Grant and Scope of Use Clauses
  • Key issues in cross-border licensing
  • The do’s and don’ts of reps and warranties
  • Indemnities and other remedies
  • Avoiding common drafting mistakes in IP Licenses
  • Key considerations when negotiating royalties and payment terms
  • The impact of insolvency
  • Understanding tax issues

Also, witness live faculty demonstrations and gain valuable precedents and specific language examples for:

  • Negotiating and drafting the License Grant and Scope of Use Clauses
  • Negotiating and drafting Indemnities

Your learning will be enhanced and reinforced by putting what you’ve learned into action with small group, skills-based “learn by doing” drafting and negotiation workshops where you will receive personalized feedback from experienced IP licensing professionals.


Program Director

  • P. Bradley Limpert, Limpert & Associates
  • John Birch, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Sheldon Burshtein, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Professor Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • May Cheng, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Keith Desjardins, Gowling WLG (Ottawa)
  • Brian W. Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Jason Hannibal, Vice President, Legal and Contracts, Thales Canada Inc.
  • Christopher Heer, Heer Law
  • Paul Jones, Jones & Co. Law Office
  • Andrea Kroetch, Smart & Biggar
  • Jason Leung, Leung Law PC
  • Jennifer MacInnis, Senior Director, Applied Research & Commercialization and Senior Legal Counsel, Ryerson University
  • Marcel Mongeon, Ross, Mongeon, Covello & Co.
  • Alex Porat, General Counsel, Litens Automotive
  • Peter M. Ross, Ross, Mongeon, Covello & Co.
  • Stephen Spracklin, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Sandvine Inc.
  • Bob Tarantino, Dentons LLP
  • Glenn Tautrims, Director, Global Royalty Audits, Inc.
  • Essien Udokang, Baker McKenzie
  • Patrick Westaway, Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive an Osgoode Certificate upon completion of the program. Participants must (1) view 3 of 5 online, 1 hour primers; (2) attend all 4 modules; and (3) participate in the drafting workshop and mock negotiation to receive a certificate. Please note that modules 1-3 may be completed in person or by webcast. However, all registrants must attend module 4 in person.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Jessica Foster at jfoster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Pre-Certificate Online Primers in IP Fundamentals are now available. Must view 3 of 5, 1 hour online modules to obtain your Certificate

October 19, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
(In-Person & Webcast)

November 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(In-Person & Webcast)

November 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(In-Person & Webcast)

December 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
(In-Person Only)


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$2,795 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers who advise on IP licensing
  • In-house counsel and executives managing IP licensing
  • Contract managers and specialists
  • Patent and Trademark Agents
  • Technology transfer/commercialization professionals
  • Venture Capital/Investment Analysts; Angel Investors

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