UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series

Friday, March 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00) Monday, April 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00) Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Series Information:

  • Tuesday January 16 - 12:30-2:30 pm – IP 101 and Commercialization 

  • Tuesday February 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – IP Case Study

  • Tuesday March 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Copyright and Software

  • Tuesday April 10 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Trademarks

This event is open to all UW faculty, staff, and students.

This workshop is presented by WatCo and is supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo.


IP101 & Commercialization (Jan 16)

This session covers the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) protection with a focus on patents.

You'll learn about the different types of IP protection available and some of the most common pitfalls to avoid.

Learn about the resources available to you at the Unviersity of Waterloo, including the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo).

Hear how IP is used to commercialize technology through licensing or start-up creation.

IP Case Study (Feb 13)

A case study which explores aspects of how to use the main forms of Intellectual Property (IP) protection to commercialize technology.

This is an interactive case study that allows the participants to experience a realistic situation where they get to see how IP can be applied to protect and commercialize a potentially valuable technology created by a group of university students.

Copyright & Software (Mar 13)

Did you know that software code is protected by Copyright?

Have you paid someone to write code for you?

If so did you ask them to waive their Moral rights to the code?

Come to the Copyright talk and learn about the different forms of Copyright protection, how to use it to commercialize your technology, and how it may affect you and your software.

Trademarks (Apr 10)

Did you know that the top five most valuable brands in the world in 2017 are all technology companies?

The most valuable brand in the world in 2017 was Google with an estimated value of over $109 Billion dollars. By comparison, Coca-Cola's brand value in 2017 was nearly $32 Billion.

Come to the Trademark presentation and learn how to use this form of Intellectual Property (IP) protection to build the brand value of your technology or Start-Up.

Registration is required for each event to ensure there is enough Pizza and Pop for all!

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About our speakers:

Eric Luvisotto

Eric Luvisotto is a registered Canadian Patent Agent (2003) and has earned his Master’s (1998) and Bachelor’s (1995) degrees in Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Eric has many years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property (IP), having dedicated his career to IP in 1999. His career spans a wide variety of experiences, including working for two Canadian IP law firms, founding and running his own Start-Up company, and working “in-house” for a large automotive parts manufacturer.

In 2008, Eric accepted the position of Technology Transfer Officer with the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo). In this role he analyzes new ideas for patentability and commercial potential; he also seeks out potential receptors of these new technologies and negotiates licensing agreements with them.  He is also involved with the creation of Start-Up companies if the technology merits this pathway.

Eric has been a popular guest lecturer on Intellectual Property, having created several IP presentations for faculty and students at the University of Waterloo including: “IP 101”, “IP Case Study”, “Copyright” and “Trademarks”. He also routinely gives talks to various UW groups (including New Faculty, Post Doc’s, Grad Students, Optometry, etc.) on WatCo’s services, UW’s IP policy and IP in general.

Eric is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and is a member of their Bank of Speakers.

He is also a long standing member of the Licensing Executives Society, and past member of the Association of University Technology Managers.

Michael Crinson

Michael Crinson is one of Canada’s most experienced intellectual property law trial counsel and is recognized for his creative thinking to achieve optimal results and solutions to legal problems for his clients. Michael’s clients range from multinational corporations to start-ups, and from individuals to not-for-profit organizations. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry, and an M.Sc. in Biophysics.

Michael has been counsel on five separate trials in the past decade and has been counsel on numerous other contentious IP matters including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and ownership and inventorship disputes. Michael has appeared as both trial and appellate counsel before the Federal, Ontario and Alberta courts in a variety of proceedings often in parallel with proceedings in jurisdictions including the United States, Europe, Australia and China.

In addition to being a lawyer, Michael is a qualified patent and trademark agent. He has been recognized for several years in Best Lawyers in Canada, the Legal 500 and the IAM Patent 1000. Most recently, Michael was named the IP Litigator of the Year (2017) in Ontario, and his Firm, Aitken Klee LLP was recognized as the Best IP Litigation Firm in Canada.

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