2014/2015 Sneak Preview: Another Busy and Exciting Academic Year for IP Osgoode!

2014/2015 Sneak Preview: Another Busy and Exciting Academic Year for IP Osgoode!

This year we celebrate IP Ogsoode’s 6th birthday! And it’s shaping up to be another busy and exciting academic year for us.


IP Osgoode Speaks Series

We have four very exciting guest speakers visiting Osgoode this fall to give a talk as part of the IP Osgoode Speaks Series. They are as follows:

Prof. Graeme B. Dinwoodie (Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC), University of Oxford) on "Territoriality of Trade Marks in a Post-National Era"
Date & Time: September 18, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Osgoode Hall Law School, room 1006
Event Code: Dinwoodie
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Dr. Emily Hudson (Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC), University of Oxford)
Date & Time: September 29, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Osgoode Hall Law School, room 1006
Event Code: Hudson
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Prof. Jane Ginsburg (Kernochan Centre for Law, Media & the Arts, Columbia University School of Law) on "The Supreme Court's Aereodecision and the U.S.' international obligation to implement the 'making available right': Are we there yet?".
Date & Time: October 6, 2014, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Osgoode Hall Law School, room 1003
Event Code: JaneGinsburg
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The Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada
Date & Time: November 24, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Osgoode Hall Law School, room 1006
Event Code: Rothstein2014
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IP Hackathon

It is our great pleasure to announce that IP Osgoode, Stanford Law School, d.school: Institute of Design at Stanford, the BEST Program - Lassonde School of Engineering, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office are hosting the first ever IP Hackathon entitled “Navigating Patent Applications – An Exercise in Legal Innovation”.

The IP Hackathon will be held on October 23 – 24, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, at Osgoode Hall Law School. During this 2-day hackathon, a variety of stakeholders in the patent process will collaborate in small groups to create viable new ideas for redesigning the patent process. Guided by the structure of the human-centered design process, the participants will use their expertise & creativity to generate new solutions for making patent law more usable and user-friendly. This event is by invitation only but if you would like to participate in the hackathon or would like to learn more about this event, please email IP Osgoode at iposgoode@osgoode.yorku.ca.


IP Intensive

Each year we try to build upon what we accomplished in previous years of the IP Intensive program and offer our students an even more enriched and engaging experience. For the Fall 2014 term, we have partnered with two new placement organizations: AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and Cineplex Entertainment. We are pleased to welcome our returning placement organizations from last year: Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, SOCAN, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) at Stanford University, The Globe and Mail, ventureLAB, TEVA Canada Limited, and TVO.

The IP Intensive is a unique program that gives students practical, experiential education in a workplace setting for an entire term in lieu of being in the classroom. Our students gain valuable practical experience which will assist them in obtaining employment after law school, and some of our students’ research in the program has been published in the Intellectual Property Journal (IPJ).

The IP Intensive Program kicks off the first two weeks in September with class seminars featuring experts from the IP community. The seminars will cover a wide variety of topics, from “Collective Copyright Administration” to “Intellectual Property Reform Process”, from “IP Litigation & Remedies” to “Effective Protection of Innovation through an International Patent Strategy”, to name just a few. Some of the experts our IP Intensive students will be interacting and engaging in stimulating discussions with are: a Supreme Court of Canada judge, a Federal Court judge, the CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the Chair of the Trade-marks Opposition Board, the Director of the Copyright & International Trade Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage, a U.S. lP litigation expert, in-house counsels and top executives from a broad range of industries, and practitioners from major Canadian law firms.

I am happy to be sharing the co-directorship of the IP Intensive program this year with the esteemed Professor David Vaver. Throughout the term, Professor Vaver and I will be meeting with the students periodically to discuss topics relating to intellectual property law, to share their experiences in the work environment, and to participate in a cross-pollination of ideas. The students will also be maintaining a reflective journal and blog about their internship experiences. The students’ blogs will be posted on the IPilogue. The students are also responsible for leading their own seminar presentations during the last week of November, and will then wrap up the course by submitting a major research paper.

If you are interested in attending any of our sessions or participating as a placement organization, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly.



Our IPilogue is one of Canada's leading IP Blogs with an enthusiastic international following. To date, we have published over 1,840 original posts and 1,280 comments.

We will be issuing a call for Student IPilogue Editors from Osgoode as well as from universities across Canada and worldwide for the new academic year. Please look out for our call for applications on our website.

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IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic

The Innovation Clinic is now in its third year of operation. In collaboration with Innovation York and Torys LLP, we continue to expand our client base and provide our students with a valuable and unique experiential learning opportunity. We will be putting out a call for clinic fellows for the 2014-2015 academic term. Please look for our call for applications on the IP Osgoode website.


Our Writing Competitions


Gowlings Best Blog in IP Law & Technology Prize

Each year, through the sponsorship of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, four Gowlings Best Blog in IP Law and Technology prizes are awarded to full-time Osgoode students. The recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year were announced on the IP Osgoode website.


Canada’s IP Writing Challenge

IP Osgoode together with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) runs Canada’s IP Writing Challenge in order to further enhance intellectual property public policy research and discussion. This competition is open to three categories of entrants: JD students, LLM and PhD students, and practitioners.

The deadline for entrants to submit their articles was July 1, 2014. We thank all those who participated in the Writing Challenge. We are grateful to Professor David Vaver, Professor Ikechi Mgbeoji, and Justice Hughes for agreeing to judge the articles again this year. The winners of this year’s competition will be announced on the IP Osgoode website by October 31, 2014.

IP Osgoode is grateful for the support and contributions of our founding sponsors (Gowlings, Cassels Brock, and McCarthy Tétrault), Advisory Board, Osgoode’s Dean Lorne Sossin and his team, our IP professors and our wider team of International Advisory Council members and Research Affiliates, and of course our students who write for the IPilogue and volunteer so much of their time to our activities.


Giuseppina D’Agostino is the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode, the IP Intensive Program, and the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the IPilogue, the Deputy Editor of the Intellectual Property Journal, and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.