Program 2016



Detailed Program

To view the brochure, click on the link at the bottom of the page. Program subject to change






Welcome Reception 

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Opening Remarks

Alexandra Steele ROBIC, LLP (Montréal)
Chair of the Forums & Seminars Committee

Peter Wilcox Belmore Neidrauer LLP (Toronto)

IPIC President


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Honourable Marshall Rothstein Hunter Litigation Chambers (Vancouver) 


Networking Break 

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The Skill Set of the IP Practitioner of the Future — Where Will IP be in 20 Years?     ethics.png

Moderator: Brian Gray Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)

Jeremy de Beer University of Ottawa (Ottawa)
Vincent Bergeron ROBIC, LLP (Québec)

  • What do leading experts around the world think about the future of and for IP?
  • Why should IP lawyers begin thinking about the future in creative and useful ways?
  • Which economic, social, technological and other trends might drive us toward different futures?
  • How might various scenarios for the future impact the IP system and its stakeholders?
  • What skills do IP lawyers of the future need and what should they be working to acquire now?


Biologics — Applying a Traditional Legal Landscape to a Modern Paradigm

Moderator: Yael Bienenstock Torys LLP (Toronto)

Marie-Hélène Rochon Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Montréal)
David Tait McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Toronto)
Jordan Scopa Goodmans LLP (Toronto)

  • What are biologic drugs? How are they made and used?
  • How are biologics regulated by Health Canada?
  • Helpful patent drafting strategies for biologics
  • Patent validity issues: subject matter, anticipation, overbreadth and obviousness


Trademarks in Metatags and Keywords — A Summary of the Current State of the Law in Canada as Contrasted with the U.S. and Europe 

Moderator: Jennifer McKay Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP (Ottawa) 

Lorraine Fleck Fleck & Chumak LLP (Toronto)
Holly Lance Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Washington)
Giles Crown Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)

  • What are metatags and keywords and how do they relate to trademarks?
  • Is it trademark/copyright infringement to use a third party’s trademark in metatags/keywords?
  • Summary of Canadian, EU and US case law
  • Best guess on how the law in this area will evolve


Lunch and AGM

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Peter Wilcox IPIC President
Johanne Bélisle CEO, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks (CIPO)



Patent Issues that Keep In-House Counsel
Up at Night 

Moderator: Christina Capone Settimi Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto) 

Marcel van der Sluis Nokia (Ottawa)
Louis Dubé
LD Legal Consulting & Project Management (Montréal)
Diane Yee
Janssen Inc., Johnson & Johnson (Toronto)

  • IP best practices for the legal generalist
  • Joint ventures: best practices for managing IP contamination
  • Practical approaches to freedom to operate
  • Strategies for IP lifecycle management
  • Managing IP in the context of open innovation

Trademarks | Copyright

Global Strategies for Trademark Filing
and Defence 

Moderator: Arnold Ceballos The Bank of Nova Scotia (Toronto) 

Marie Capewell M Capewell & Associates Inc (Vancouver)
Joanne Nardi
Molson Coors Canada (Toronto)
Jennifer Fraser
Dykema Gossett PLLC (Washington)

  • Budget management and prioritizing to gain maximum protection
  • Filing strategies based on types of applicants and different legal systems and formalities
  • Defensive strategies and considerations of when to litigate and oppose
  • Structure of legal/trademark departments and role of outside service providers


Patentability: Dealing with Challenges in IT and Life Sciences 

Moderator: Serge Shahinian Goudreau Gage Dubuc LLP (Montréal)

Matthew Powell Gilbert’s LLP (Toronto)
Kathleen Marsman
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Ottawa)

  • Patent-eligibility of subject matter: the Courts and the Office (or, a Tale of Two Authorities)
  • Life sciences: data and examples: how much is “sufficient”?
  • Information technology: sufficiency of description meets eligibility of claims
  • Interactive discussion of prosecution strategies across technology areas, including Examiner interviews and appeals

Trademarks | Copyright

Publicity Rights: Guidelines for Giving Clients Practical Risk Assessments 

Moderator: Colleen Stanley Colleen M. P. Stanley, Lawyer/Trademark Agent (Toronto) 

Christian Leblanc Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Montréal)
Steve Mandell Mandell Menkes LLC (Chicago)
Karen Louie Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Harlequin (Toronto)

  • Advising clients on the legal risk of using a person’s name, image or likeness in retail products, advertising or creative content
  • An overview of the tort of misappropriation of personality in Canada and how personality rights are protected through privacy law in Québec
  • An overview of the right of publicity law in the United States and how the scope of the right varies between states
  • Guidelines for giving clients practical risk assessments when the laws of multiple jurisdictions could apply

Women in IP Networking Group (WING) Reception

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Return of La Famille Painchaud 

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Experience the joie de vivre of our host city with dinner and entertainment at the landmark Capitole de Québec located in the very heart of Old-Québec. Built in 1903, the Capitole is a designated National Historic Site of Canada.

La Famille Painchaud returns to delight attendees with their unique musical abilities and humorous performances. Renowned on the international scene, the family boasts Grammy Award and Juno Award nominees.

Prepare to be amazed!






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Diversity on the Federal Court: A Call for Action 

Sana Halwani Gilbert's LLP (Toronto)
Christine Pallotta Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Toronto) 



Managing Online Content: Tips, Traps and Tariffs for IP Practitioners

Moderator: Doug Thompson Thompson Cooper LLP (Victoria)

Mark Hayes Hayes eLaw LLP (Toronto)
David Fraser McInnis Cooper (Halifax)

  • Beyond infringement and licences: the increasing application of copyright tariffs and the Copyright Board to online content use
  • The Supreme Court and “technological neutrality” after CBC v. SODRAC
  • In addition to the Copyright Act, the distribution of media online is also governed by the Broadcasting Act and its regulations
  • The applicable regulatory environment under the Broadcasting Act as well as the nature of commercial agreements currently being entered into in respect of media distribution

Networking Break 

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The Changing Landscape of Patent
Litigation in Europe 

Moderator: Kavita Ramamoorthy Deeth Williams Wall LLP (Toronto)

Elizabeth Cooper-Rolfe Haseltine Lake LLP (UK)
Martin Köhler HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER (Germany)

  • BREXIT: How will the British decision to leave the EU affect patentees in Europe?
  • Litigation in Europe: A comparative review of litigation in the UK, Germany and Canada


Remedies — Quick Results in Trademark Cases: Myth or Reality?

Moderator: John Cotter Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

Rob MacDonald Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Ottawa)
Scott Davidson Duff & Phelps (Toronto)
Dominique Hussey Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)
Mark Evans Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Toronto)

  • Forums and procedural options
  • Strategic considerations
  • Financial remedies and quantification


Best Practices before the Patent Office 

Moderator: Isabelle Chabot Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Québec)

Agnès Lajoie Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents (CIPO)
John Pivnicki Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Montréal)

  • Reducing pendency during examination
  • Facilitating communication between applicants and CIPO
  • Improving predictability for applicants
  • Improving quality of examination
  • Preparing for upcoming changes to the Canadian patent regime (Bills C-43 and C-59)
  • Looking forward to future initiatives


Best Practices before the Trademarks Office

Moderator: Marion Bailey-Canham Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Ottawa)

Mesmin Pierre Director General, Trademarks Branch (CIPO)
Philip Lapin Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Ottawa)


IP Roundtables and Lunch

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  • Lunch with the Director General of the Trademarks Branch

  • Lunch with the Director General and Assistant Commissioner of Patents

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Pre-registration required. Lunch will also be offered to delegates who do not participate in an IP roundtable. 



Brand Boot Camp

Moderator: Hung Nguyen Deeth Williams Wall LLP (Toronto) 

Michael Lasky Schwegman Lundberg (Atlanta)

  • How to be a much more effective IP practitioner by removing the barriers to working with your clients (in house or outside)
  • Why brand building has to be part of your trademark practice
  • How US design (patents) are being used by companies to build their brands


Top IP Cases of the Year

Moderator: Paul Lomic Lomic Law (Toronto)

Ysolde Gendreau Université de Montréal (Montréal)
David Lipkus Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP (Toronto)
Scott Beeser Aitken Klee LLP (Ottawa)



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Black tie recommended. Pre-registration required. 

Rediscover Québec’s proud heritage within the historic walls of La Chapelle du Séminaire. Enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal and a spectacular performance by the Masks & Bergamasks lyrical production. This evening will be another highlight of our visit to la belle province. Register early as seating is limited.


Dessert Reception

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Continue your evening with a night cap at Dimock Stratton and Duff & Phelps’ dessert reception.


Program subject to change