Scale-up Centre for SMEs

Strategies to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
12:00 PM
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Schedule:Online Program: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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Gowling WLG - Intellectual property litigation and strategy is a core strength at Gowling WLG. Members of our team serve as counsel of record in more patent infringement actions and trademark proceedings than any other firm in the country. Led by Nelson Godfrey, partner and head of the Vancouver office’s IP litigation department, our west coast team is comprised of experienced professionals who strive to provide innovative legal solutions that meet client business objectives.

Navigating Canadian and international intellectual property laws can be difficult – especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). That’s why Gowling WLG is pleased to offer several key resources for clients, including a downloadable file covering Patent FAQs for Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, as well as a brand new Patent Toolkit, designed to offer a step-by-step guide to help Canadian SMEs understand the patent process. Interested in learning more? Contact any member of our Canadian IP Litigation and Strategy Group.

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Strategies to protect your Intellectual Property

As we shift into a generation of advanced digital transformation and to encourage business growth, securing your company’s IP is more important than ever.

According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), SMEs account for 90 percent of the labour force and 85 percent of net employment growth in Canada. However, only two percent of SMEs hold at least one patent – a formal form of IP.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss:

  • The different types of IP and how they apply to your business
  • Steps SMEs must take to protect their IP
  • How IP-backed financing works and how scale-up companies can take advantage of this growth capital offering


R. Nelson Godfrey Dumitru Olariu Lally Rementilla Austin Nairn

R. Nelson Godfrey, Partner and Head of Vancouver IP Litigation Department, Gowling WLG
Dumitru Olariu, Intellectual Property Advisor, Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Lally Rementilla, Managing Partner, IP Backed Financing, BDC
Moderator: Austin Nairn, Vice-President, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade | Executive Director, World Trade Centre Vancouver

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The Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) is an initiative of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The SCS works to understand the trends, forces, and issues impacting SME growth, innovation, and competitiveness and develops programming and policy to address these issues. Based on the goals of helping companies to discover gaps, engage with experts, and create solutions to address obstacles to growth, the SCS connects, educates, and inspires SMEs in British Columbia.