Intellectual Property Law & Technology Intensive Program

The Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program provides students with education in intellectual property law (e.g., patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets, etc.), technology, computer and Internet law, privacy and other areas.  Given the rapid pace of technological advancement and innovation, now more than ever, gaining a practical understanding of intellectual property and technology law issues is especially important.

What You Will Do

In your first two weeks of the program you will be introduced to fundamental aspects of substantive and procedural law applied in the day-to-day- practice of IP and technology law through seminars and lectures from prominent members of the IP community.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of IP Innovation Clinic events and projects as coordinated by the Director of the Program. Central to the Program is a ten-week clinical placement with a government agency, public interest group, industry or other organization that is heavily involved with IP matters (e.g. a media and entertainment, high-technology or pharmaceutical company).  Your clinical placement, together with seminars, research papers, discussion sessions and blogging exercises, ensure a comprehensive examination of important practical aspects of intellectual property and technology law.

Examples of Past Placements

  • AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
  • The Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Lab
  • Department of Canadian Heritage, Copyright Policy Branch
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Canadian Heritage – Broadcasting, Copyright and Creative Marketplace Branch
  • Canadian Heritage – International Trade Branch
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development – Copyright and International Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development – Performance and Partnerships (ISED P&P)
  • CodeX
  • The Globe & Mail
  • Janssen Inc.
  • The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
  • TEVA Canada Limited
  • TVO
  • Wattpad

What You Will Learn

  • Substantive and procedural IP law
  • A contextual understanding of IP law practice
  • To identify and deliberate about ethical issues that arise in practice

Program Director

Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino