Startup Law: Week 2

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. | E5, Room 3102

Session 2 – What has IP got to do with it?

Presenters:      Eileen McMahon (Partner, Torys LLP)
                        Ed Fan (Partner, Torys LLP)

Do you really own your IP?

Topics: Contributing IP to a start-up;  What does it mean to “assign” IP to a start-up?  How do you control IP; Do founder(s)’ employee and contractor have residual rights (and can they take the IP  elsewhere?)

Partnering with others

Topics: Confidentiality; cross-licensing; joint ownership of IP

Why patent your innovation (and when to stop patenting)?

Topics: Pros of patents; costs of patents; limits of patents – what can’t be patented, and can you afford to (not) enforce it?

If you don’t patent, will you still have protection? (Hint: copyright and trade secrets)

Topics: Copyright, trade secrets, industrial designs

Freedom to operate – what does this mean and why does it matter?

Topics: What does FTO mean?  What is the difference between FTO and patentability?  If my start-up owns its own patents, doesn’t it have FTO?

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