Intellectual Property (IP)
Boot Camp

Registration deadline: October 1, 2021 | Program starts: October 8, 2021

The IP Strategy Boot Camp is an intensive course divided into six 90-minute sessions that cover various topics related to the management and commercialization of IP rights. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the six-week program.

About the IP Strategy Boot Camp

The IP Strategy Boot Camp was developed in collaboration between Western’s Faculty of Law and WORLDiscoveries to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how to protect and manage their intangible assets. This program is best suited for inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, and startup founders aiming to protect and commercialize their intangible assets through patents, trademarks, industrial design, copyright, and other types of intellectual property rights. This program is also ideal for students, staff, and faculty who are interested in learning about how to develop an IP strategy for their projects. This also provides a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurial minded individuals.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants, so register today to secure your spot! Upon attending all six sessions and completing the assignments, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Content & Delivery

Friday, October 8 - Friday, November 12, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Week 1 October 8, 2021 Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights in a Data-Driven Economy
Week 2 October 15, 2021 Why and How to Develop an IP Strategy
Week 3 October 22, 2021 IP Audit and Valuation of IP Rights
Week 4 October 29, 2021 Commercialization of IP Rights – Assignment and Licensing Agreements
Week 5 November 5, 2021 IP Protection – Patent Filing, Trademark Registration, and International Protection
Week 6 November 12, 2021 Leveraging IP Rights on Digital Platforms – Online IP Management

Read the full syllabus here.


Bassem Awad

Bassem Awad

Dr. Bassem Awad is an Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Area of Concentration in Intellectual Property, Information and Technology at the Faculty of Law, Western University. Dr. Awad has remarkable experience in intellectual property law, technology, and innovation policies.

Paul Banwatt

Paul Banwatt

Paul’s practice includes high tech IP litigation, emerging technologies and music & entertainment law. Paul has spoken on law and emerging technologies for IPIC, AIPLA, AMPPI, INTA, and the USPTO. He completed his undergraduate and law degrees at University of Toronto.

Houston Brown

Houston Brown

Dr. Houston Brown is a registered Canadian and US patent agent. He has received numerous IP awards, he is has been recognized as an IP Rising Star® since 2019, and he recently left the law-firm world to found a company obsessed with helping startups use their intellectual property to scale smarter –  In House IP.

Paula Clancy

Paula Clancy

Paula is the founder of Clancy PC. She has over 26 years of experience as a corporate and trademark lawyer, and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in IP (Trademarks). Paula has a significant local practice, and her clients range from start-ups and SMEs, to publicly-traded companies.

Jason Hynes

Jason Hynes

Jason Hynes is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP, and Head of the Waterloo Region office. Jason’s patent practice focuses on mechanical, telecommunications and software innovations. Jason also assists clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and related intellectual property licensing matters and disputes.

Maya Medeiros

Maya Medeiros

A Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Maya is an intellectual property lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent and has a degree in mathematics and computer science. She has extensive experience in various information technology fields as well as healthcare and medical devices.

Questions and Answers

No. The sessions are designed to be completed in a series. In order to receive the certificate of completion you must attend all six sessions.

The sessions are 90 minutes, the time commitment for the entire series is 9-10 hours.

Sessions will be interactive and delivered over Zoom. Participants will be introduced to hands-on activities and practical cases to better understand the content. Program participants will be given access to the weekly Zoom link and passcode.

No, the sessions follow a lecture format and there are no formal assignments.

Inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startup founders in Southwestern Ontario who are interested in learning about managing and commercializing their intangible assets.

All faculty and students at Western who are looking for information about how to develop an IP strategy for their project(s).

Yes, to receive the certificate of completion participants must attend all sessions.

The IP Strategy Boot Camp was designed by Professor Bassem Awad and is delivered by practitioners with extensive expertise in IP strategy and commercialization. For more info see the syllabus.

No, registration for the IP Strategy Boot Camp is free.

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