Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and welcome back everyone to another new and exciting year with IP Osgoode! 

We would like to start the new year by showcasing one of our core programs, Osgoode’s Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program (“IP Intensive”). 

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 is being published in the Intellectual Property Journal (IPJ).

The IP Intensive program kicked off the first two weeks in September with class seminars featuring experts from the IP community. The seminars covered 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 interacted and engaged in stimulating discussions with included a Supreme Court of Canada judge, a Federal Court judge, Intellectual Property Advisor from Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Policy Advisor from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Policy Analyst of the Copyright & International Trade Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage, in-house counsels and top executives from a broad range of industries, practitioners and partners from major Canadian law firms.

Throughout the term, the students met with Professor David Vaver and me periodically to discuss topics related to intellectual property law, share their experiences at their placement, and participate in a cross-pollination of ideas.  At the end of the externship period, the students returned to Osgoode to lead their own seminar on a topic of their choice.

The placement, together with weekly discussions and seminars, a major research paper, blogging exercises, and a seminar presentation, provides students with a comprehensive examination of important practical aspects of intellectual property law and technology.

If you are interested in participating as a placement organization, please do not hesitate to get in touch with IP Osgoode at iposgoode@osgoode.yorku.ca

We invite all 1L and 2L Osgoode students to join IP Osgoode at Osgoode’s Clinical Education and Intensive Programs General Information Session and Fair on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

The information session will kick off in the Moot Court with a brief overview of the application process and an introduction to the exciting and innovative programs available for next year.  Following the information session, students will have the opportunity to speak to the Program Directors and past students of the programs at the Information Fair in the Gowlings Hall.  Look for IP Osgoode’s booth at the fair where you can find out more information about the IP Intensive and hear about past students’ experiences.

If you want to read more about the different placement organizations and the students’ personal experiences in the IP Intensive then please visit IP Osgoode’s website and subscribe to IP Osgoode’s weekly e-newsletter, the IPIGRAM.  Featuring this week on the IPilogue and in this’s week’s issue of the IPIGRAM are reflective blogs written by students who were enrolled in the IP Intensive program this past fall term. The reflective blogs offer an insider’s glimpse of the types of projects and work culture that each student was exposed to at their respective placement organization.

The online application form for the intensive and clinical programs is opened through the MyOsgoode portal.  The application deadline is Friday, 24 January 2020 at 4:00 pm. 

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.