Western Law

5600C 001 Advanced Intellectual Property

This course satisfies the Group 2 requirement for the Area of Concentration: Intellectual Property, Information and Technology Law.
Essay RequirementNo, this course will not satisfy the Faculty of Law essay requirement
Pre/Co-requisite5625 Intellectual Property (Pre)
Enrollment Restriction16
Instruction Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic fields in the practice and study of law. This January term course pairs student groups with a senior IP practitioner at the beginning of the course to discuss live issues in IP and design a research project. During the month of January student groups prepare a research memorandum and an oral report on a current issue in intellectual property for their respective practitioner. Often the student research is used in actual case preparation or reflects a real world problem. Throughout the month research guidance and evaluation will be provided by the instructors. Near the end of the term, student groups share the results of their research through a PowerPoint presentation to the class, before attending a debriefing session with their respective practitioner.

The Advanced Intellectual Property course provides unparalleled exposure to the actual practice of law. Practitioners design the projects to reflect what may be expected from an articling student or junior associate in a law firm or in-house setting. In the past, the visiting practitioners have been impressed by the quality of work and detail in the oral reports and written submissions.

The course will involve students participating in class meetings and group projects, however, each student will prepare an independent portion of the research memorandum and be evaluated independently on this portion.

Assessment Project: 80% (including an independent memorandum: 40%, an oral presentation: 20% and the final group memorandum: 20%)

Peer review exercise: 10%

Participation: 10%

There is no final examination for this course.

Materials Optional - Mackaay and Gendreau, Canadian Legislation on Intellectual Property, Carswell, and other materials as announced.
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Project topics are drawn from the actual IP practice of the practitioners. Typically, the study is based upon selected topics in copyright, trademark, patent, industrial design and specialized IP protection regimes.

In the past years we have benefited from the integral involvement of practitioners from the following organizations:

  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Copyright Board of Canada
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Dimock Stratton LLP
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Lang Michener LLP
  • Office Industry Liaison, University of Western Ontario
  • Sim, Hughes, Ashton & McKay LLP
  • Weir Foulds LLP
  • Bennett Jones LLP
  • Research in Motion Limited
  • Bordner Ladner Gervais LLP

  • In previous years topics have included:

  • “Lego” Case
  • ICANN Dispute Resolution
  • Domain Names
  • Famous Marks
  • Use of Trademarks
  • IP Aspect of E-Commerce
  • Health Information and IP
  • Structuring Deals Pre-Patent
  • Revising “Monsanto”
  • MP3’s
  • ICrave TV
  • CCH et al v Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Private Copying
  • Copyright Incentives
  • Patent Licensing
  • Confidential Information Protection
  • Patent Infringement
  • Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations