Picture this: you’re an entrepreneur or start-up business with a great idea, product, or service. You have worked hard on developing what you are passionate about and expecting success with your business growth. In a split second, your success and growth are put to a halt and all you have worked for is exploited. Are you protected?

York University’s Intellectual Property Law & Technology Law School Program – IP Osgoode‘s IP Innovation Clinic, in partnership with Sandbox Centre, excitedly bring to you a 5-Part Series: The IP Lunch Club! Every Wednesday during the month of March IP Osgoode & SBX offers free virtual info sessions across a wide range of topics that will aid you in making sure your biz, idea, or product is protected. Joining the conversation is presenting sponsor of the series, Barriston Law. Barriston LLP joins to offer some local insights on how they are supporting the business community with IP protection and commercialization.

In Part 1 of 5, the team from IP Osgoode’s IP Innovation Clinic walks us through through an introductory session that highlights the patent and trademark strategies which start-ups and entrepreneurs should consider before and while they form a company. This includes understanding who owns the IP that existed prior to forming the copy and what IP has been created during the course of business. The team dives into public disclosure while developing your invention and how it might affect your patent application, and further discuss the different types of IP to then know which of them you might want to seek protection for.

There was so much goodness shared in this session! Check out the video below to get acquainted with the team, the topic, and leave this page feeling supported and more knowledgeable when it comes to intellectual property law considerations for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Have a timely question? Submit it to IP Osgoode’s IP Innovation Clinic ChatBot below! 


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IP Osgoode’s IP Innovation Clinic

IP Osgoode at Osgoode Hall Law School is an independent and authoritative voice which explores legal governance issues at the intersection of intellectual property (IP) and technology. In the context of a globalizing legal pluralist landscape, IP Osgoode cultivates interdisciplinary, comparative and transnational research, collaboration, policy-thinking and practice. The program’s researchers and collaborators from the academy, government, business and other networks actively engage in a vibrant Canadian and border-crossing, transnational debate. Our advisors are leading experts in the legal community and provide the bedrock of support and leadership to the program. Drawing from the best Canadian forces and the program’s global partners, IP Osgoode is involved in some of the most important and cutting-edge IP law and technology related research and policy discussions of today. Among the program’s current target areas are all facets of intellectual property protection and access, privacy, ethics and intersecting areas of the law, from contract, health, labour, aboriginal, environmental, constitutional, corporate and international all within a variety of disciplines, from business, sciences, and the arts.

We aim to provide balanced and objective research, offer new and unexplored viewpoints to public policy discussions which are inclusive of the opinions and interests of a broad range of IP stakeholders (including governments, nongovernmental organizations, the legal community, businesses and the general public) and ultimately, act as a facilitator for the flourishment of a knowledge-based society in Canada.

Our structure is based on a tight connection of teaching and research, which has made us the first choice for students and scholarship in this area of law. We have a wide variety of activities that focus on and address current and important IP issues. We are constantly building networks with industry and academics nationally and internationally, and responding to the needs of stakeholders.

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