Osgoode Conference Looks at Students’ Role in IP Invention and Commercialization

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Osgoode Conference Looks at Students’ Role in IP Invention and Commercialization

TORONTO, March 20, 2013 – IP Osgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will host a day-long conference on “Sparking Innovation with Students” on Friday, March 22 to examine the role that students play in commercializing intellectual property (IP).

Osgoode Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino, Founder & Director of IP Osgoode, will chair the conference, which will kick off with an address by Sylvain Laporte, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and CEO of CIPO. Laporte’s speech entitled “From Innovation to Commercialization” will explore global and domestic trends in intellectual property and the role of IP in supporting innovation across the innovation cycle – from basic research and discovery in universities through to commercialization. Laporte will also present current initiatives to support IP and innovation.

Bill Mantel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Division, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

A number of student researchers will discuss their own experiences in commercializing their research. Their remarks will be followed by panel discussions with academics and practitioners in industry, who will offer important insights on the commercialization process.

This conference is co-sponsored by IP Osgoode and CIPO, and is part of research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Please click here for program details including a list of speakers.

WHAT: Sparking Innovation with Students: Examining the Student Role from Invention to Commercialization Conference

WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Keele Campus, Ignat Kaneff Building, Moot Court (Room 1005) (building 32 on map)

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Media Contact: Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820, vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca