Intellectual Property Presentation Series

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend any or all of the sessions centered around Intellectual Property (IP). Hosted by  Eric Luvisotto, technology transfer manager in the Office of Research and Mike Crinson the topics will include the basics of IP, copyright, and trademarkings.

All sessions will run from 1:00pm to 2:30pm through WebEx. Please register below for the sessions you would like to attend.


IP101 & Commercialization - Friday, February 5, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m

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 University of Waterloo, including the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo). Hear how IP is used to commercialize technology through licensing or start-up creation. Included is a brief discussion on “Are You an Inventor?” which highlights some key points for consideration as this issue has come up when there may be a misunderstanding between Faculty and Grad Students. Also included are some helpful tips for those interested in creating a start-up.

IP Case Study - Friday, February 26, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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.

Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Trade secrets - Friday, March 26, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Did you know that the top five most valuable brands in the world in 2020 are all technology companies?

The most valuable brand in the world in 2020, according to Forbes, was Apple with an estimated value of over $241 Billion (USD). By comparison, Coca-Cola’s brand value in 2020 was over $64 Billion (USD). Attend 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.

Copyright & Software - Friday, April 30, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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? Attend 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.

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