Canada’s inaugural IP Writing Challenge

Canada’s inaugural IP Writing Challenge


Professor Giuseppina D'Agostino is the Founder and Director IP Osgoode.
Michel Gérin is the Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

When you look around the globe one cannot help but realize that Canadian writing in IP has much work ahead. For starters, we need much more of it, on all areas of IP, from a range of viewpoints.

The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and IP Osgoode hope to kick start some of this! IPIC and IP Osgoode are delighted to announce a new Canadian writing challenge in intellectual property law. Consistent with both of our missions, our goal is to further enhance thoughtful and well-researched intellectual property public policy scholarship and discussion. We encourage a broad range of perspectives from a Canadian, comparative and/or international perspective. Topics can be from within the various categories of intellectual property law including patents, trade-marks, industrial design and copyright. 

To help advance such scholarship from within the classroom and beyond, we have established three categories: 

  1. Law student category (LL.B, J.D., BCL, and LL.L students)
  2. Graduate student category (LL.M, S.J.D. and PhD students)
  3. Professional category (legal and business professionals who have been practising 7 years or less, including patent agents and trade-mark agents).

We offer some exciting prizes. Each winner will be eligible for:

  1. A prize of $1000 (CAD)
  2. His/her work to be published on the IP Osgoode website (
  3. Be considered for publication in the Canadian Intellectual Property Review; and/or Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy (OHRLP) (

The deadline is Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

More details on Canada's inaugural IP Writing Challenge are available here.

To read more on IPIC read here.  To read more on IP Osgoode read here.

We look forward to reading your work and sharing it with all Canadians to ignite a more vibrant public policy discussion in IP!