Summer IP Courses

Introductory and Advanced IP Courses at McGill University

Since 1994, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University have gathered some of the best practitioners in the field to conduct a series of intensive, practical summer courses in intellectual property. More than 2,000 professionals from the business, legal and public sectors have gained valuable insight and hands-on experience by participating in our unique summer program. Our introductory and advanced courses are an excellent opportunity to network with individuals from diverse backgrounds who, like you, have an interest in Canadian intellectual property.

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Understanding Patents

An introductory course on the basics of patents. This five-day intensive, practical course divided into optional modules is offered in July of each year. The first module provides an overview of patents and patenting, while the second module completes the week and offers insights into the strategies relating to establishing and exploiting the patent system, as well as enforcing or attacking a patent.

This course is a must for engineers involved in patents and patenting, patent agents in training, new patent agents, lawyers (in-house or corporate counsel) and contract managers - anybody who encounters patents in their work and needs to have a better understanding of the nature and scope of the patent system, how patents are obtained, how to manage a patent portfolio,

Understanding Trademarks

An intensive & practical course providing valuable information about acquiring, managing & protecting trademark assets, plus dealing with contentious proceedings. Lectures and workshops cover theoretical & practical aspects of trademark procurement, portfolio management, and contentious proceedings; together with comparative reviews of trademark law & practice in the U.S. and Europe – vital information for today’s world.

Copyright Master Class

Copyright law has become a key consideration in a large number of areas of our society and economy. At the same time, it is becoming more complex, as legislators, courts, public institutions and businesses all struggle to address the impact of new technologies, new uses and new legal issues. Now you have a chance to learn from some of Canada’s copyright experts’ valuable practical insights into the impact of these changes and how to deal with them.