Detailed Program

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



16:30-18:30 REGISTRATION


IPIC welcomes you to Canada’s Castle in the Rockies. Enjoy a casual dinner with friends and colleagues in The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel’s spectacular Mount Stephen Hall with a stunning view of the Canadian Rockies. Pre-registration required. 

Event sponsored by:    gastles-newlogo.jpg


07:00-15:45 REGISTRATION

BREAKFAST (Full Buffet)

Breakfast sponsored by:        ad-parlee_mclaws_pc.jpg

08:30-08:40 Opening Remarks

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

David Schwartz Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

IPIC President

08:40-09:40 Keynote Address - ETHICS

Judges are from Mars, Litigators are from Venus: Tips for a Better Relationship with Your Judge

Honourable George Locke Federal Court of Canada



All networking breaks are sponsored by:   cox_and_palmer_logo_large.jpg

10:00-11:00 Plenary - ETHICS

In Motion: Reimagining the Ways We Practice

Moderator: Paul Lomic Lomic Law (Toronto)

  • Transition (turmoil, upheaval, opportunity) in the legal services field
  • Client-centred service provision  
  • Innovation in practice (project management, ABS and other trends)
  • Rethink: Think often, think big 

Janet Fuhrer Ridout & Maybee LLP (Ottawa)
President, Canadian Bar Association

11:00-12:00 Patents

Full Disclosure: The Supreme Court of IPIC Considers "Utility and Sound Prediction"

Moderator: Alexandra Steele ROBIC, LLP (Montréal)

  • Watch two of Canada’s leading IP counsel square off before the Supreme Court of IPIC on the “Plavix” appeal
  • Hear arguments for and against the “disclosure” requirement for sound prediction
  • See leading jurists “test” counsel’s arguments

Jonathan Stainsby Aitken Klee LLP (Ottawa)
Andrew Bernstein Torys LLP (Toronto)


Honourable Peter Annis Federal Court of Canada
Honourable George Locke Federal Court of Canada
Honourable Glennys McVeigh Federal Court of Canada


Lessons Learned: Brand Value and Crisis Management

Moderator: Andrea L. Rutty Ledgley Law (Toronto)

  • Impact of recalls on brand value
  • Cease & desist letters and social media
  • Use of outside advisors
  • Best practices and case studies

Robert A. MacDonald Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Ottawa)
Joanne Nardi Molson Coors Canada (Toronto)



Lunch sponsored by:    belmore_neidrauer.jpg

13:30-14:30 Patents

Protection of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights vs Access to Affordable Drugs

Moderator: Katie Wei Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul (Ottawa)

  • How is Canada maintaining drug innovation through patent protection while preserving access to affordable drugs?
  • What can we do to help balance the need for access to affordable drugs with the maintenance of a steady stream of life-saving medicines?
  • What are relevant issues faced by practitioners that merit discussion?
Carol Hitchman Gardiner Roberts LLP (Toronto)
Jordana Sanft
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)
Trademarks & Copyright

Anti-counterfeiting – The Combating Counterfeit Products Act, One Year Later

Moderator: Ryan Evans Dimock Stratton LLP (Toronto)

  • How the bill “works in practice”
  • Combating counterfeit goods in Canada and other jurisdictions, including border enforcement, criminal provisions and civil remedies
  • CSBA approach, processes and procedures

Lorne Lipkus Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP (Toronto)
rgeant Jeffrey Karran IPR Crime Federal Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Shelley Jones,
Senior Legal Counsel, Trademarks & Brand Enforcement, BlackBerry Limited (Ottawa)

14:30-15:30 Patents

Boom or Bust? Patents in the Energy Sector

Moderator: Erin Pisko Cenovus Energy (Calgary)

Peter Wilcox Belmore Neidrauer LLP (Toronto)
Roseann Caldwell
Bennett Jones LLP (Calgary)
Heather Mueller
Suncor Energy Inc. (Calgary)

  • Pitfalls and prevention when dealing with a highly mobile workforce and a diverse set of interactions with third parties
  • Regulatory disclosure requirements, timelines of development, and the reduction to practice threshold
  • Technology in the oil business from identification of reserves to market access
  • Who is the client, best practices around joint development from both exclusivity and use perspectives, and ownership
Trademarks & Copyright

Taking it Down: Remedies Involving Internet Intermediaries

Moderator: Mark Davis Belmore Neidrauer LLP (Toronto)

  • Anonymity, privacy and jurisdictional issues in identifying online infringers
  • Internet intermediaries face uncertain liability for copyright and trademark infringement
  • Are creative solutions used elsewhere to stop online infringers available in Canada?
George Sevier Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP (London, UK)
James Kosa Deeth Williams Wall LLP (Toronto)


Thursday’s program ends at 3:30 pm to give delegates the opportunity to explore a little of what Banff has to offer . . . shopping, sightseeing, hiking, dinner and more. Delegates are on their own to tour Banff at their leisure and have dinner at one of the many local restaurants. Click here for a list of local restaurants in Banff. Reservations are recommended. A shuttle service will be provided to and from the hotel.


07:00-15:00 REGISTRATION
07:00-08:30 BREAKFAST
08:30-09:00  Plenary

CIPO Update

Johanne Bélisle Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and CEO (CIPO)

09:00-10:00 Plenary

The IP Practitioner's Guide to Crowdfunding

Moderator: Sanro Zlobec Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Montréal)

  • Crowdfunding basics: what, why and how?
  • IP risks and opportunities
  • A crowdfunding success story takes flight

Christene Hirschfeld, Q.C. BOYNECLARKE (Dartmouth, NS)
Sandi Gilbert Co-Founder and CEO, SeedUps Canada (Calgary)
Roger Jewett
Founder and CEO, Jump On Flyaways (Calgary)

10:15-11:15 Plenary

3D Printing and IP: Novel Issues and Massive Opportunities

Moderator: Hung Nguyen Deeth Williams Wall LLP (Toronto)

  • Overview of 3D Printing:  Watch a live 3D scanning demo.  See real 3D printed objects.
  • IP issues, concerns and solutions for rights holders:  Explore IP issues and opportunities raised by 3D technologies with case studies
  • Moving forward in a 3D Printing World:  Looking to the past and applying lessons from the music industry

Paul Banwatt General Counsel and COO, Matter and Form Inc. (Toronto)
Carlos Rosario Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (Palo Alto, California)

11:15-12:15 Patents

Standards, Patents and FRAND Licensing

Moderator: Neil Henderson Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Toronto)

  • Standards: Are you in? (Standards Essential Patents)
  • FRAND Commitments: How committed are they?
  • Anti-trust: When has a patent monopoly gone too far?
  • Litigation/Licensing: US and EU Update

Jean-Nicolas Delage Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Montréal)
Christian Harmsen Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf, Germany)
Matt Vella President and CEO, Acacia Research Group (Newport Beach, CA)
Demetrios Anaipakos AZA Law (Houston, Texas)


Pre and Post- NICE/Singapore/Madrid Preparation and Trademark Application Filing in Canada

Moderator: Marion Bailey-Canham Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Ottawa)

  • Overview of implementation of the TM Treaties and changes to business, operations and tools
  • Preparing for the NICE classification system – tips and tools, including a demonstration of the NICE Pick-List
  • Overview of regulatory impacts & policy considerations of bringing Madrid to Canada
  • When to use the Madrid system and when to file directly?

Christopher Aide Baker & McKenzie (Toronto)
Darlene Carreau Chair, Trademarks Opposition Board, CIPO
Annie Crousset Director General, Trademarks Branch, CIPO

12:30-13:30  IP Roundtables and Lunch
  • Lunch with the Director General of the Trademarks Branch
  • Lunch with the Assistant Commissioner of Patents
  • Should registered IP practitioners have a monopoly on dispensing IP advice? - ETHICS
  • Protecting client information in the technology age: is your client information secure? - ETHICS
  • Alternate fee arrangements: moving beyond the hourly rate - ETHICS
  • Nuts and bolts of running an IP practice: engagement letters, file closing, retention and civility - ETHICS
  • Conflicts of interest: do you know where your information is coming from? - ETHICS
  • Safeguarding your IP practice from liability: foreign negligence issues - ETHICS

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

Lunch sponsored by:       sb_rgb_n.jpg

13:30-14:30 Patents

GOTCHA: Update on Patent Infringement Remedies in Canada and the US

Moderator: Doug Thompson Thompson Cooper LLP (Victoria)

  • The value, impact and proper use of pre-dispute infringement / invalidity opinions
  • Measuring compensatory damages: lost profits; convoyed sales; price erosion, accounting of profits; reasonable royalty, apportionment
  • Exemplary damages: punitive damages (Canada) vs. willfulness (USA)
  • Award of attorneys’ fees and costs
  • Injunctions

Judith Robinson Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Montréal)
Michael Florey Fish & Richardson P.C. (Minneapolis)

Trademarks & Copyright

Remedies for Copyright & Trademark Infringement - if not what you want, what you need

Moderator: Arnold Ceballos Pain & Ceballos LLP (Vaughn)

  • Accounting of profits in trademark cases - you can't always get what you want
  • Injunctions in trademark cases - start me up, or its all over now?
  • Remedies against ISPs in copyright cases – dealing with defendants who operate undercover of the night

Trent Horne Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)
Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy
Dimock Stratton LLP (Toronto)
Chris Wilson 
Bull, Houser & Tupper LLP (Vancouver)
Chris B. Zelyas Parlee McLaws LLP (Edmonton)

14:45-16:15 Plenary

Top IP Cases of the Year

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

Philip Lapin Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Ottawa)
Patrick Smith
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Calgary)
John Cotter
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)


Join us for IPIC’s traditional closing event – an evening of celebration, dinner and dance. Pre-registration required. 

Sponsored by:   ggd.jpg


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

Event offered by:    dimock_new_logo_final.jpg      duff.jpg


Additional Annual Meeting Sponsors:



Registration Fees

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Member $ 1,640 $ 1,840
Non Member $ 1,840 $ 2,040
Emeritus/Honorary $ 550 $ 550

Fees include day-time meals and social events. GST not included.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to attend the meeting. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their annual income. Inquiries: 613.234.0516

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees must be paid by October 2, 2015. A cancellation fee of $50 (plus GST) will apply to cancellations received in writing on or before September 21, 2015. Refunds will not be issued after this date, but substitutions will be permitted.

Hotel Reservations - SOLD OUT! 

The Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB  T1L 1J4

Room reservations must be made prior to September 23, 2015.

IPIC Group Rate: $279/night plus 10$/night service charges and applicable tax.

Please call the hotel directly and identify yourself as being with the IPIC group: 1-866-540-4406 or 1-800-441-1414

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Program SponsorHost SponsorExhibiting Sponsor or SponsorClick here for more information on available sponsorships. 

For inquiries:

Kim Arial, Manager, Conferences and Events
Tel: 613-234-0516 ext. 27


This program is eligible for Substantive Hours and contains Professionalism Hours or Ethics Hours where applicable.



(up to)


(up to)*

Law Society of Upper Canada 9 3
Law Society of British Columbia 10 3
Law Society of Saskatchewan 10 3
Law Society of Alberta 10 3
Law Society of Manitoba 10 3
Barreau du Québec 12 n/a
New York CLE BOARD 12 3.5
California State Bar 12 3.5















*Professionalism | Ethics Hours
In order to claim the maximum number of professionalism/ethics hours delegates must choose to attend an IP lunch roundtable that carries 1 hour of professionalism/ethics during lunch on Friday, Oct. 16.


Accreditation of this program in other jurisdictions will be considered if interest is expressed.