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Leveraging IP to Compete in Cleantech – Quebec


January 26, 2024




Over the past 20 years, Canadian patents owned by foreign firms have tripled. Meanwhile, the role of IP assets in Canada’s economy has been diminishing since 2000.

The implications of these trends are significant.

With more foreign ownership of locally invented patents, Canadian businesses may have limited opportunities to benefit from their innovations.

To reverse this trend, Innovation Asset Collective (IAC) has partnered with national and local organizations. We aim to provide companies like yours with necessary resources to use your IP to source capital and to access and compete in a market more effectively.

Date: Fri. Jan. 26, 2024

Location: Business Development Bank of Canada

What to Expect

As a leader in clean tech, your work is pivotal in shaping Canada’s sustainable future. We curated the day to address the specific challenges you face:

Real Success Stories: Hear how other Quebec-based clean tech companies are using their IP as a business tool to compete in global markets while mitigating risks.

Build a holistic IP strategy: IAC’s world-leading IP experts will help you build an IP strategy that takes your technology to a global stage, attract investors who share your vision, and confidently advance your business while shielding your technology from outside threats.

Approaches to financing:Learn about BDC’s IP-backed financing, a solution that recognizes the value of your IP strategy to raise capital to support your commercialization and expansion.

Network with peers and experts: Get access to a powerful network of local and national IP experts and clean tech industry leaders.


1:00 PM

Welcome & Introductions

  • IAC Board Member, Koula Hatzikiriakos opens the session & makes introductions. (FR)

BDC Climate Tech and IP-Backed Funding Opportunities

  • Learn about BDC’s Climate Tech Venture Capital Fund and IP-backed financing, a solution that recognizes the value of your IP strategy to raise capital to support commercialization and expansion. 
1:20 PM

Leveraging IP to Compete in Cleantech 

  • Mike McLean talks about how clean tech companies can use their IP to source capital and scale their companies.
1:45 PM

Partner Presentations (EN & FR)

  • Discover how our ecosystem collaborators support clean tech companies like yours.
2:15 PM

IAC Member Panel

  • Learn how companies in Quebec use their IP for business advantages. (EN)
2:45 PM

Member Panel: Q&A

3:15 PM

IP Strategy: Opportunities & Risks – Workshop

  • IAC IP experts will guide companies through the importance of creating a holistic IP strategy.
4:00 PM

Network with peers and IP experts

Driving strategic growth: The IP experts at IAC

IAC is a member-based not-for-profit funded by the federal government’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) department to improve the ability of Canadian companies to leverage their Intellectual Property (IP) to scale their businesses. IAC was launched as part of the Government of Canada’s Federal IP Strategy to increase Canadian companies’ intellectual property.

IAC empowers small and medium-sized businesses to develop IP strategies that create global business advantages. Through access to the Patent Portfolio, IP intelligence reports, funding, and education, IAC helps clean tech companies establish IP ownership and bridge the gap between their current R&D and future commercial success.

In September, IAM recognized four IAC experts on their IAM 300 World’s Leading IP Strategist list. The IAM Strategy 300 recognizes top experts in the IP world, including those in in-house, private practice, and service provider roles. Being listed in the 300 is a testament to their strategic approach to IP, as acknowledged by peers.