Canada's largest pro bono IP law clinic

Helping entrepreneurs and inventors recognize, protect, and commercialize their intellectual property (IP)

The IP Innovation Clinic's mandate is two-fold:

Ignite an Innovative Economy

We help offset prohibitive costs of IP legal assistance by providing pro bono, one-to-one legal information services to inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs.

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Educate and Empower Students

Preparing law students for the professional world through hands-on, practical experience under the supervision of practicing lawyers.

Clinic Fellows

The IP Innovation Clinic has a dual client-student mandate, which addresses the IP literacy shortcomings in Canada for law students as well as inventors and entrepreneurs.

Our Clients

The IP Innovation Clinic serves a diverse range of innovators across various industries and welcomes clients from across Southern Ontario from within and outside the York University community.

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Our Services

The IP Innovation Clinic operates year-round and offers various forms of IP and commercialization assistance.

Our team creates tailored work plans for each client based on their needs and stage of business development. During the consultation intake call, the supervising lawyer and IP Innovation Clinic Fellow will work with the client to determine an agreed upon work plan.

The work of our Clinic Fellows is pro bono aside from a $50 administrative fee.

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Our Team

The IP Innovation Clinic team is made up of full time staff, part time student coordinators, and law student volunteers working to meet their Osgoode Public Interest Requirement.

The Clinic collaborates with supervising lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, LLP, Bereskin & Parr, LLP, and Own Innovation.

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IP Innovation Clinic ChatBot

Our IP Innovation Clinic ChatBot provides basic intellectual property (IP) information and assistance with IP related matters.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's IP Legal Clinics Program, IP Strategy, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Hello, my name is Isaac Pewton. I can provide basic intellectual property (IP) information and assistance with IP related matters. If you are looking for legal advice, please contact an IP lawyer.

To begin, please type a question below. For example, you can ask me, “What is a trademark?”.


The information IP Innovation ChatBot provides is not legal advice and is to be used for information purposes only. The information does not contain a full analysis of the law in any jurisdiction, nor constitute legal or other professional advice.

The IP Innovation Clinic operates in collaboration with:

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Own Innovation
York University
Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI)

The IP Innovation Clinic receives financial support from:

Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON), an agency of the Government of Ontario

For all inquiries, we can be reached here:

IP Innovation Clinic

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3