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LES Montreal and the IP-Forum—Quebec (FORPIQ 2019)
By Martin Couillard, Advisor at the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office of HEC Montréal
On May 1, 2019, the LES Montreal chapter was a proud supporter of FORPIQ (International Intellectual Property Forum—Quebec), where more than 150 people were registered. FORPIQ is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase the level of knowledge of innovative Canadian companies and their advisers with respect to IP assets. Therefore, FORPIQ is “THE rendezvous” of the innovation and intellectual property community.
This year, the theme of this 10th edition of FORPIQ was: “Navigating in an era where open innovation and intellectual property intertwine” (https://www.forpiq.com/). We have explored how IP and open innovation can go hand in hand to help businesses and research collaboration.
The event opened with very interesting insights from our honorary president Carl Blanchet—Director of Innovation at Cascades, who talked about centralized innovation function and interaction of different business units, R&D and innovation committee at Cascades.
Worth mentioning, is an inspiring keynote presentation given by Nitiana Mann, Supervisory Special Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on how to safeguard trade secrets for companies and startups alike.
During the afternoon, the participants could participate in four different interactive workshops:
Before the cocktail, we had the pleasure of attending the closing conference given by Noah Redler, founder and CEO of Arche Innovation, where we revisited the past, learn about the current situation and discover the future of IP.
This conference explored the recent evolution of IP and the manner in which the startup culture, and the rise of open innovation, may transform IP in the era of the digital economy. This has also set the stage for the next edition of FORPIQ, in which the LES Montreal chapter will actively participate once again. We look forward to seeing you in Montreal soon.
Quotes from the day:
LES Toronto World IP Day Event
By Phil Goldbach, Past Chapter Chair
The Toronto LES Chapter annually hosts an engaging and lively celebration of World IP Day. As Toronto continues to draw attention from global technology companies for its expertise in AI and therapeutics, the chapter uses the World IP Day event to remind its community that technology patents are only one type of IP.
In keeping with tradition, this year’s event held on April 25 featured invited speakers, Jacqueline Vong and Nicole Schneiderjohn, co-founders of Playology International, a leading strategic consultancy focusing on international licensing and merchandising of kids’ media products. They spoke about their first-hand experiences bringing successful children’s entertainment brands to market in China and North America. They also addressed the growth of content adopters in Asia and the content generators looking to engage in the Canadian market. Doing business in China with its huge market potential came up. The global market dynamics for media distribution channels are changing rapidly. Both culture and children as influencers play a key role. Paul Jones, whose firm helps North American companies do business in China said, “Since China has the largest population of any country in the world, it’s good to have a discussion of the improvement in IP protection and enforcement as part of a World IP Day event.”
Among the 35 or so people in attendance was a diverse group of professionals from law firms, innovative companies, academia and government. Indeed, the crowd was highly engaged throughout the talk, which was followed by a lively Q&A session. Jacqueline Vong and Nicole Schneiderjohn commented, “It was an honor to celebrate World IP day with LES and all the IP experts in attendance. We were happy that we had an engaged audience and could share our collective experience in children’s entertainment, kids content, China and even a Baby Shark sing-a-long.”
The World IP Day social has quickly become one of the cornerstone events in LES Toronto’s annual calendar. According to Toronto Chapter Chair, Karen Temple, “bringing together business and legal for a practical discussion of how businesses monetize IP is always valuable.”
As is typical for the Toronto chapter’s social events, the event went well past its scheduled end time. LES Toronto’s leadership team are already looking forward to celebrating World IP Day 2020.
LES Silicon Valley Chapter
|Panelists and attendees at the Silicon Valley Chapter Annual Conference.|
|Anastasia Martin-Wegryn (left), Arthur Nutter, Tim Bullock, Adam Gianola, Nicoletta Kennedy, Sara Bradford, Carrie Hafeman, and not pictured, Solange Nutter.|
LES Colorado hosted this group for a lively discussion led by Nicoletta Kennedy titled “Tips on Trade Secret Protection” for licensors and licensees. Held on June 5 in Denver at the offices of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Anastasia Martin-Wegryn (co-chair) organized the event. Art Nutter (co-chair) commented, “It’s great to see the Colorado chapter gaining traction again. Thanks to all the recent attendees. Spread the word!”