An Honorary Start to the 2016/2017 Academic Year

An Honorary Start to the 2016/2017 Academic Year

IP Osgoode is delighted to kick off the new academic year by honouring the recent induction of IP Osgoode’s very own Prof. David Vaver into the order of Canada “for his leadership in intellectual property law as a scholar and mentor”. To read more about Prof. Vaver’s induction and achievements, click here.

The formidable and tireless former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable Mr. Marshall Rothstein, will round off his appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School with an appearance as a guest speaker for the IP Osgoode Speaks Series on November 21, 2016. Mr. Rothstein will also provide a special seminar for the IP Intensive program and a lecture for Prof. Jinyin Li’s Taxation Law class.

It is our pleasure to provide our readership with an overview of what we have planned for the new academic year.


Innovation Clinic

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Now in its sixth year of operation, IP Osgoode’s Innovation Clinic continues to complement Osgoode’s rich history of clinical program offerings by providing students with an opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience and learn about some of the common early stage IP and business related issues facing under-resourced inventors, entrepreneurs and start-up companies. With Norton Rose’s extensive expertise in working with start-up companies and their innovative approach and service offerings, including their NRF Innovation Law Clinic, this new partnership will help IP Osgoode grow and expand the services currently being offered by the Innovation Clinic. At the same time, Osgoode students volunteering at the Innovation Clinic will gain invaluable experience and practical knowledge under the mentorship and supervision of a team of high calibre lawyers at Norton Rose.

IP Osgoode would like to thank Maya Medeiros for her enthusiasm and tireless efforts in helping to bring this new partnership into fruition.

IP Osgoode’s Innovation Clinic would not have been made possible without the foundational support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Torys LLP. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ed Fan and his team, in particular, Yolande Dufresne and Ebad Rahman for their expertise and supervision of our students for the past five years and last, but not least, for their assistance in making the Innovation Clinic a success.

Through ongoing collaborations with Innovation York and the Lassonde School of Engineering’s BEST Program, the Innovation Clinic continues to advance innovation and entrepreneurship within York University and the local community.


IP Intensive Program

The IP Intensive is a 15-credit (full course load) Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program that provides students with a comprehensive examination of significant practical aspects of IP and technology law. The IP Intensive begins with two weeks of class seminars featuring experts and practitioners from industry, the judiciary and government agencies. This is followed by 10 weeks of intensive, practical, experiential education on-site at a placement organization. For the fall 2016 term, 11 students will be placed in a 10-week internship with the following organizations: Canadian Heritage, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Astrazeneca, CBC, SOCAN, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) at Stanford University, The Globe and Mail, ventureLAB, TVO, and new this year, Janssen Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson.

We wish our IP Intensive students much success in their placement. To learn more about the IP Intensive, click here for a short video presentation about the Program.


IP Osgoode Website

The IP Osgoode website houses all our communications and information about our programs, events and initiatives. We are excited to announce that we are currently designing a new website and will be launching the new website in January. If you have any ideas on what you would like to see on our new website please do get in touch.



Our IPilogue is one of Canada's leading IP Blogs with an enthusiastic international following. The IPilogue is the first blog of its kind populated with entries by student editors from law schools across Canada and around the world, as well as guest blogs by IP experts, scholars and practitioners.

The blog contains comments and thoughts about current pressing intellectual property, technology, privacy and related legal issues (see the blog at and has a wide-ranging following in Canada and internationally from government, industry, academia and from other expert groups and members of the general public.

Many student posts have enabled greater employment opportunities for students, sparked informed debates on various issues, and led to publication in leading journals and a following in a number of law and policy forums.

We have issued a call for applications for IPilogue Editor positions. We encourage all law students to apply and join the team.

We continue to solicit articles from leaders in academia, the legal profession and relevant industries to feature on our website. We welcome any ideas for articles or already published articles that we can promote on our website and the IPilogue.



The IPIGRAM is IP Osgoode's weekly e-newsletter. It pulls together our IPilogue posts with events listings, IP in the News and the IP Pick of the Week (which showcases a blog or website, quite often belonging to one of our members). In order to keep abreast of the latest in IP and technology in Canada and around the world, please do subscribe to the IPIGRAM.


IP Moots

Upper year students interested in developing their oral advocacy skills should consider participating in two renowned IP moot competitions, the Harold G. Fox IP Moot and the Oxford International IP Moot.

IP Osgoode is a proud supporter of both IP moots. We are looking forward to assisting Osgoode’s IP moot teams and would like to wish them much success.


IP Writing Competitions

Each year, through the sponsorship of Gowling WLG, four Gowlings Best Blog in IP Law and Technology prizes are awarded to full-time Osgoode students. The recipients of the prizes for the 2015/2016 academic year were announced on our website. Osgoode students, including IPilogue Editors, may submit a blog or comment for consideration of the prizes the 2016/2017 academic year.

IP Osgoode and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) run Canada’s IP Writing Challenge each year. The aim of the competition is 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. As a reward, the winner in each category will receive a $1,000 gift and their articles considered for publication in the Canadian Intellectual Property Review (CIPR) and the Intellectual Property Journal (IPJ).

The winner of the 2016 edition of the Challenge will be announced on our website by October 31, 2016. Stay tuned for the launch of the 2017 edition of the Challenge.



We continue to make our mark in the legal and public-policy making community with a dynamic and diverse series of events, which includes the IP Osgoode Speaks Series, hackathons, conferences, workshops, panel discussions, book launches and guest lectures.

To receive notices about our upcoming events and initiatives, connect with us through our website, IPIGRAM, @IPilogue, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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