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An Intro to Intellectual Property – Basics that Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Thursday, March 5 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Calgary

Every business can have intellectual property (IP). Whether your business is selling basic goods and services, writing code for a killer new app, or developing a new cleantech energy system for powering the world, you will likely have or can develop IP. Understanding the strategic reasons for protecting IP and the steps you need to take to prevent losing rights are important to maximizing the value of your ideas and to otherwise capitalize on the time and effort you have spent developing them. The development of a strong IP portfolio in the form of patents, trade marks, copyright and designs can be a highly effective tool for your business to realize significant value. This talk will provide an overview of the IP system, the types of IP that can be protected and pragmatic strategies that can be followed for your business to obtain IP protection.

About the Speaker:

Melanie Ward is a registered patent agent that specializes in drafting and prosecuting Canadian and foreign patent applications and preparing opinions on patentability. She also manages companies patent portfolios and is involved in the analysis of issues related to patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate. Melanie prepares and prosecutes industrial design applications as well.

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