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IP 101: Protecting your ideas your way

May 23, 2017

Building an IP strategy is an important part of business development, not only for large companies, but emerging companies and entrepreneurs as well. It can help you achieve commercial success and, most importantly, enable you to safeguard valuable assets that may be the driving force behind the viability of your business. Proactively managing patent risk can also help you improve investment prospects. For example, companies may need to show they have an IP strategy in order to attract investment as they reach Series A and beyond.

This presentation by Nathaniel Lipkus, a partner in Osler’s Intellectual Property Group, is available in both webinar and PowerPoint format, and covers key issues surrounding intellectual property strategy, including when to think about IP as your business grows; how you can use IP to gain a competitive advantage and manage risk; and how you can incorporate value-added IP awareness into your business. It also can help you think about IP risk on your own terms and provides self-help resources that you can use to manage patent risk, with minimized assistance of patent counsel.

Topics covered include the following:

  • common types of IP protection
  • possible types of IP in software
  • the definition of patent (including what could or should be patented)
  • how to navigate the patent landscape
  • what risks should be managed (offensive and defensive)
  • when you should take stock of your patent risk
  • defining your IP posture and ensuring your freedom to operate
  • self-help tools that are available for searching patents

For more information, contact Nathaniel Lipkus, Partner, Intellectual Property, at or 416.862.6787.

This presentation is part of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies 101 series, designed to help emerging ventures navigate through the various issues and legal requirements they will encounter throughout their growth cycle.