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Successful licensing depends upon a sound knowledge of the principles that define the various intellectual property rights.

Designed for practitioners who wish to update their knowledge and refine their skills, or for newer legal professionals looking to obtain a solid grounding in the IP practice area, these focused, online primers will address key elements of the most common intellectual property law issues.


Module 1: Key Patent Concepts

Session Leader: Jason Leung, Leung Law PC

  • Preconditions for obtaining a patent: what makes something new? What makes something non-obvious? What is patentable, what isn’t?
  • Patents on: business methods, software, life forms, other
  • Validity: what may make a patent invalid and unenforceable?
  • Rights granted by a patent
  • How to determine what a patent covers, and when it’s infringed
  • The impact of joint ownership

Module 2: The Elements of Trademarks

Session Leader: Jason Leung, Leung Law PC

  • What can and can’t be trademarked
  • Trade name vs. trademark
  • Registered vs. unregistered marks; the registration process
  • Marking requirements in Canada and elsewhere
  • Use and expungement
  • Trademark infringement; “confusion” as key element in infringement
  • Assignment of trademarks
  • Ongoing responsibilities of the owner; monitoring use

Module 3: The Essentials of Copyright

Session Leaders:
Professor Carys Craig,
Osgoode Hall Law School
P. Bradley Limpert, Limpert & Associates

  • What does copyright protect?
    – Subject matter; idea vs. expression; special uses in software
  • Term of copyright
  • The scope of Fair Dealing exceptions to copyright infringement
  • Copyright in compilations
  • The nature and limits of Moral Rights
  • Neighbouring rights – how they arise, what you need to know
  • Defences to copyright infringement

Module 4: Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

Session Leader: P. Bradley Limpert, Limpert & Associates

  • What makes something a trade secret?
  • Is there a difference between confidential information and trade secrets?
  • Common law rules regarding trade secrets
  • Have reasonable steps been taken to protect secrecy?
  • The development of constructive trusts
  • Contractual terms for secrets
  • The role of fiduciary duties
  • How confidentiality can be destroyed: public disclosure; independent creation; receipt from third parties; court orders/regulatory agencies
  • Joint ownership of trade secrets
  • Remedies available for breach of confidentiality
  • The treatment of rights in confidential information internationally

Module 5: Introduction to Industrial Designs

Session Leader: Christopher Heer, Heer Law

  • What do designs cover?
  • How do designs differ from copyright, trade-mark or patents?
  • How do you evaluate the scope of a design?
  • Validity of Designs
  • Infringement of Designs

The choice is yours! Buy 1 module or take advantage of bundled pricing when purchasing all. Whether you choose to buy one or all webinars, you’ll receive unlimited access to the module(s) for a period of 60-days. You decide to view where or when you want.  24/7.

These online primers are part of the Osgoode Certificate in Intellectual Property Licensing. For a full listing of required programs, click here.



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

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


A link video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all inquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

Technical Support

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

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
September 25, 2017
Running Time

1:00:00 per module

Fee per Delegate

$95 plus HST per session
Bundle 5 for $395 plus HST

 Register For Module 1

 Register For Module 2

 Register For Module 3

 Register For Module 4

 Register For Module 5

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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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