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Grow Your Assets - Intellectual Property for the Cannabis Industry: Are you Ready? [Approved by the Law Society for CLE credits.]

  • Greenacres Golf Course 5040 Number 6 Road Richmond, BC, V6V 1T1 Canada (map)

This course is approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for Continuing Legal Education credit.


This conference and networking event will teach you everything you need to know about protecting your innovations and laying the groundwork for success in Canada’s new Cannabis industry. Obtaining meaningful intellectual property protection requires an understanding of the range of available intellectual property rights, and strategic insight on how to use those rights effectively. There is no better time to get started.

To help you begin, Ron Simmer of PATEX Research and Consulting LTD offers a one day seminar covering the range of intellectual property strategies for innovators and investors in the Cannabis industry. Select lawyers from top law firms will present aspects of protection for marijuana products and services, from software to edibles. Course approved by the Law Society of BC for Continuing Legal Education credit

Learn everything you need to know to stay on the cusp of this emerging market:

  • Current applications of intellectual property law in Canada to Cannabis.

  • Protection for domain names, breeder’s rights, copyright and trade secrets.

  • Comparison of Canadian and USA patent and trademark laws and policies.

  • Effective strategies for leveraging intellectual property for business advantage.

Who should attend?

  • Contract, corporate and intellectual property lawyers and law students.

  • Product developers / producers in the food and wellness industries.

  • Dispensary owners and retailers.

  • Corporate research and development managers.

There will be a Q&A panel discussion at the end of the meeting with veterans in the Cannabis industry discussing best practices in the Cannabis space. Join us afterwards for cheer and networking at the bar! Seminar attendance fee is $249.99 plus GST or $149.99 for University or articling law students. Signup at Eventbrite. Plenty of free parking, hosted at the Greenacres Golf Course Clubhouse, 5040 No 6 Rd, Richmond, BC V6V 1T1  

Hear from distinguished lawyers from the leading Canadian Intellectual Property law firms in Canada including:

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Gina Lupino - U.S. Patent Attorney of Lupino Law, and Emilie Feil-Fraser – from Gowling WLG, will discuss the mechanics of protecting brand names in the US, Canada, and around with world with trademark prosecution under the Madrid Protocol.

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Intellectual Property Lawyer, Oyen Wiggs Green and Mutala LLP, will give an introduction to Intellectual Property and explain the broad area of utility patent coverage, including patent claims, filing processes, navigating prior art, and the range of inventions for which patents are applicable.

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Barrister & Solicitor, Partner at Smart and Biggar, will speak on the subject of obtaining patent protection in the U.S., Canada, and around the world for plants, particular strains, plant by-products, and the breeders' rights associated therewith, featuring numerous examples of recently issued patents and patent claims.

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Intellectual Property Lawyer, Associate at McMillan LLP, will address the area of medical innovations including trends in patent coverage for Canada, and the growth potential of new markets opening up for medical products in other jurisdictions around the world.

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U.S. Patent Attorney, Associate at Smart and Biggar, will provide guidance on protecting software and software-implemented innovations for Canada's newest industry in the U.S., Canada, and around the world; and share strategic insights for utilizing those rights to create business value for founders, investors, and potential acquirers.

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co-chair of the Borden Ladner Gervais Cannabis Industry Focus Group will address implementation of IP strategies in the Canadian Cannabis Environment. David is a partner, lawyer and patent agent, and holds a PhD in structural biochemistry. His regulatory practice is specific to the Canadian cannabis industry.

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Chief Information Security Officer / Director of Privacy Ops , Allocadia, will give his expertise on the tools and strategies necessary to prevent hostile government agencies and criminal hackers from accessing your trade secrets, corporate planning and client communications. Sabino has hands on experience in the field of data protection. He has delivered keynote presentations at prestigious corporate events for over ten years and will be the featured lunchtime speaker.

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Michael Sharp is a Patent and Trademark Agent and the Practice Group Leader for the Edmonton Intellectual Property & Innovation Group at Parlee McLaws LLP Edmonton. Michael will discuss lawyer-client relationships and management in the Cannabis industry. He enjoys assisting Cannabis related clients, as well as those in the Craft Brewing and Distilling industries. Mike will also deliver a lunchtime presentation.