IPIC, Canada’s association of intellectual property (IP) professionals, provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, owners and managers of SMEs, and other interested parties to learn about patents, trademarks, copyright, and other types of IP through its courses and speaking engagements. IPIC also informs policy through its many advocacy submissions. Some highlights of IPIC’s activities include:
Providing IP Training and Professional Development
IPIC offers many educational opportunities for owners and managers of all sizes of businesses, students and other interested parties, including:
- Courses on the basics of patents, trademarks, copyright, and managing trademark disputes offered by IPIC and McGill University
- In collaboration with CIPO, nearly 100 presentations a year on the basics of IP are given to more than 2,500 participants as part of the Bank of Speakers program
- Annual writing competition with IP Osgoode (York University)
- Categories for law students, graduate students, and professionals
Advocating for a competitive IP system
The competitiveness of the IP system in Canada is a key requirement for economic growth and innovation. Some simple ways of improving Canada’s competitiveness include:
- Protecting confidential communications between clients and their patent or trademark agents to put Canada on a level playing field with other countries
- Implementing provisions in case of emergency or exceptional circumstances to prevent the needless loss of valuable rights and increase confidence in the system
IPIC prepares approximately 20 submissions/year to the government on these and many other topics.
In some submissions, IPIC makes specific technical (e.g. legal wording) or policy recommendations, while in other cases, IPIC provides unbiased educational materials to assist officials with studies or in preparation for international meetings.
Recipients of IPIC’s submissions have included:
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
- Industry Canada
- Federal Courts
- Canadian Heritage
- Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
- Canadian Internet Registration Authority
Advocating to modernize the regulatory framework for patent and trademark agents
At IPIC’s 2010 Annual Meeting, members voted unanimously in favour of pursuing a proposal for the modernization of the regulatory framework for patent agents and trademark agents.
If you are preparing a news story related to IP, contact IPIC to interview an expert. IPIC members have been interviewed by the media on a variety of topics, including:
- IP aspects of the oil and gas industry
- IP issues in trade agreements being negotiated by the Government of Canada, and more
Please contact the IPIC office by e-mail or by phone at 613-234-0516 to request an interview with an IP professional, or to receive more information about any of IPIC’s initiatives.