Starting Your Patent Journey on the Wrong Foot: Why to be Cautious about Filing a Weak U.S. Provisional Application

Marc Lampert Expert Insights, News, Patents

In the Canadian startup community, a common and perpetuated piece of advice given to entrepreneurs is to self-file their initial patent application. Often, this advice involves self-filing a United States provisional patent application. Due to the lack of formal examination of provisional applications, entrepreneurs can file these types of applications without …

How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem – Patents

Erika Murray Expert Insights, Patent, Patents

By: Robert Tremblay IP protection strategies are certainly not ‘one-size-fits-all’, but rather depend to a significant extent on a company’s motivations, technological focus and budget. In this article series, we will explore innovative strategies to encourage the development of innovation ecosystems, both from within a company and by leveraging third-party …

2017 Federal Budget – A Possible Boon for New Patentees

Marc Lampert Expert Insights, News, Patents

As the Trudeau Liberal government prepares to present its first Federal budget in 2017, there are forecasts that an emphasis of the budget will be on promoting innovation.  One such forecasted proposal includes creating an incentivized patent program. Importantly for innovators, if implemented as forecasted, this program is projected to subsidize …

Erika Murray: an IP champion for start-ups

Erika Murray Expert Insights, Patents, Profiles

Toronto intellectual property lawyer Erika Murray is the kind of adviser every entrepreneur needs in their corner as they navigate the complex maze of patents, trademarks, licensing agreements, and overall IP strategy. Not only is Murray a fountain of knowledge when it comes to IP law, but she also has a PhD in …

Benefits of Filing a Patent in Canada

Anil Bhole Expert Insights, Patents

Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest nations and a member of the Group of Seven. Canada has a thriving technology sector and, as an example, is one of the global leaders of the entertainment software industry. On top of allowing companies to take advantage of this economic environment, Canada’s …