#WorldIPDay related events

April 22, 2021 | Data Fundamentals for Business

Data Fundamentals for Business


This month’s Innovator Series webinar will take place on April 22nd at 3pm EDT, on Zoom. Data Fundamentals for Business will explore questions around the use and usefulness of data in business strategy, as well as tips to manage risk and leverage opportunity.

Join IAC and IP and innovation experts Karima Bawa, Imran Ahmad and Evgueni Loukipoudis to discuss the value of data as a business asset, the issues surrounding data ownership, data privacy, security, and sharing, and the risks involved in not taking steps to implement best practices surrounding data. They will provide insight and wisdom from their combined wealth of legal and practical business experience in data protection and data standards in Canada and across the world.


Imran Ahmad is the Canadian head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology and innovation industry group and the Canadian co-head of NRP’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice. He is based in our Toronto and Montreal offices and is recognized as a leading cybersecurity lawyer by several legal directories. Imran advises clients across all industries on a wide array of technology-related matters, including outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS, strategic alliances, technology development, system procurement and implementation, technology licensing and transfer, distribution, open-source software, and electronic commerce. As part of his cybersecurity practice, Imran works very closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He advises on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security, and data breach incident preparedness and response. In addition, Imran often acts as "breach counsel" in the event of a cybersecurity incident, such as a data or privacy breach, and has extensive experience in managing complex security incidents and cross-border breaches. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation. Imran is the author of Canada's first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management (LexisNexis, August 2017). In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance. Imran is the former chair of the Privacy and Access to Information Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Imran is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, where he teaches cybersecurity and privacy law.

Karima Bawa is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Also, she is a Technical Committee Expert (IP Management Standard Committee (ISO 5050)), a member of the Board of Directors for the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents and the Board of Directors for Sierra Wireless. She is the former general counsel and chief legal officer for Research In Motion Limited (now BlackBerry) where she oversaw a global legal team and managed the global legal function and the company's vast IP portfolio. In addition to her work at CIGI and on various boards, she is also involved with advising and supporting technology start-ups and is the founder and CEO of her own technology start up. Karima holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Business Administration.

Evgueni Loukipoudis is the CTO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. Before joining the Supercluster, he was the CTO of McKesson Medical Imaging and then Change Healthcare and prior to that, as a senior leader in Agfa Healthcare he co-led the digital transformation of that multinational corporation.  Evgueni has also been part of technology start-ups and participated in several open industry-wide and global standardization initiatives.  He has extensive international experience having worked in Belgium, Germany, Brazil and now Canada.   He holds an MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.  His interests include digital health, medical imaging, distributed ledger technology, data commons, Web3 data economy, linked open data, and machine learning.


April 26, 2021 | Impact of Federally Created Software and Data Assets in an Intangibles Economy

Impact of Federally Created Software and Data Assets in an Intangibles Economy


IAC in partnership with Natural Resources Canada would like to invite you to join us on April 26th at 1pm EDT this panel of experts as they discuss the role of federally created software and data in Canadian innovation.

The Government of Ontario’s report, Intellectual Property in Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem, states “IP and data are now the world's most valuable business and national security assets”.

With this in mind, panelists will discuss the importance of IP and data for Canadian SMEs in the intangible economy. The role of federally created intangible assets, and mechanisms for disseminating these assets strategically, will be explored.


Jason Abt, Chief Technology Officer, TechInsights
Jason is the Chief Technology Officer at TechInsights, the world’s leading provider of advanced technology analysis and intellectual property services in the microelectronics and semiconductor market. With over 20 years in the industry, Jason’s background includes VP Operations and head of Research and Development where he’s led teams analyzing advanced technology and providing evidence of use to support client’s patent portfolios. Jason’s experience spans numerous technologies including wireless connectivity, data storage, and advanced logic. He has led the development of advanced tools and processes to analyze the most advanced technology on the market. Jason has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada.

Mike McLean, VP IP Operations & Transactions, Innovation Asset Collective
Mike McLean brings more than two decades of IP expertise as he oversees IP programming such as IP Generation, IP Intelligence and Freedom to Operate. He leads a team of IP professionals to deliver strategic IP assistance, data and insights to member organizations in the data-driven clean technology sector.

Before joining IAC, Mike was the senior vice president of IP services at TechInsights where he founded the patent development service and established a centre of excellence around patent portfolio management and patent assessments. His practice enables data-driven decision making and effective identification of patent assets for enforcement or sale, provides guidance on invention selection and patent acquisition programmes, and ensures the alignment of patent portfolios with intellectual property and business strategy. Mr. McLean has worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, in-house corporate counsel teams of global technology companies and external licensing agencies.

Janice Sharpe, Senior Director, Federal Geospatial Platform, Natural Resources Canada
Janice will speak about on-line geospatial data sharing at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and why Canadian clean technology firms should know more about it. She will discuss how federal departments and agencies produce, use and disseminate geospatial data, how companies are accessing and using the data, and what the future of geospatial data sharing holds for natural resources, clean technology, and sustainable development.

Janice directs the Federal Geospatial Platform and Open Maps at NRCan, leading a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of on-line geospatial data sharing initiatives which bring together the Government's valuable geospatial data assets through partnership, polices, and standards. These platforms make accessible the Government of Canada's geospatial data assets and allows Canadians to combine, visualize, and analyze geospatial data. Janice began her career in one of Canada's pioneering mapping and surveying companies, which was acquired by MacDonald Dettwiler. There she held a position as Ottawa Manager of the Mapping and Orthophoto Divisions before moving on to Public Works and Government Services Canada as a Geomatics Project Manager, and the head of the development of a geomatics service delivery program for the department. She continued to take on leadership positions in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she spent 12 years working in environment, science and technology policy and program delivery.

Marc Wickham, Director, Buildings & Renewables Research, Natural Resources Canada
Marc will provide a perspective on software and data assets arising from federal research in buildings and renewables energy technology. He will discuss the importance of research collaborations between federal laboratories and Canadian firms, current practice for deploying the intangible assets resulting from his team’s work, and the digital future of energy technology research at NRCan.

In his current role at NRCan, Marc directs a team of federal researchers conducting clean energy R&D in the area of residential and commercial buildings, communities, renewables (wind, solar, marine), energy for northern and remote communities, and the electrification of transportation. Prior to his current role, Marc worked in a variety of roles, including Director of Programs at NRCan’s Office of Energy R&D, the primary federal funding organizations for clean energy RD&D in Canada. As part of his role, Marc oversees Intellectual Property development and technology transfer for his group’s activities.



May 27, 2021 | Trademarks, and Branding Strategy
June 24, 2021 | IP Layering: Trade Secrets and Patents


March 2021 | Innovator Series: Looking for Investors?

March 25, 2021

Thank you for attending the Innovator Series webinar Looking for Investors? The Importance of an IP Strategy in Raising Capital. In case you missed it or would like to reflect on the discussion, you can access Key Takeaways from the event that highlight common themes and advice from the panel of experts.

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February 2021 | Innovator Series: Advanced IP Strategy: “Going Global”

February 11, 2021

The IAC Education Team would like to thank all who joined us for our first webinar in the Innovator Series - Going Global with Your IP. 

Going Global explored key aspects of IP strategies for companies entering different global markets. The discussion included presentations from Peter Cowan and Jim Hinton, co-founders of IAC, and featured a fireside chat with our guest speaker Dr. Anne Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis, a leader in supply chain planning software based in Ottawa.

Discussion topics our speakers covered included licensing practices and regimes, best practices for prosecution and enforcement, managing a global IP portfolio and strategy, trademark and branding strategies, multi-jurisdictional patent filings and considerations that are factored into a global IP strategy from a company’s perspective.

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January 2021 | Member Meet & Greet

January 21, 2021

Join fellow IAC members and the IAC team on January 21, 2021 for the first installment of our monthly networking series. This event invites members to connect and get acquainted with the services IAC will be rolling out and how IAC will help you develop, protect, and bolster your company’s IP. The event will close with a special guest speaker sharing some lessons learned, and an open networking opportunity to continue the conversation with other members.

December 2020 | IAC Launch: Panel Discussion

December 9, 2020 

On Wednesday, December 9th, we launched Innovation Asset Collective with an inspiring panel discussion and a special address by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry.