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How to Protect your IP and Not Break the Bank (webinar)

July 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

You’ve spent time and money developing an invention or innovation and now want to own the rights, but intellectual property (IP) filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs come with financial costs and most companies don’t have unlimited money to spend on IP protection. How do you decide what IP protection is worth investing in and how do you budget for it? This is one of the top questions we receive at Intellectual Property Ontario and we’re here to help.

Join us to learn:

  • How to budget for IP now and as you scale

  • Filing strategies to help reduce your costs (did you know you can file under an international patent system that facilitates protection in multiple jurisdictions?)

  • What costs to expect such as domestic and foreign filings fees, local and foreign agent costs, translation fees, etc.

  • What work you can do yourself and when you need an external service provider

  • Available funding programs to help offset costs


Peter Cowan, CEO, Intellectual Property Ontario

Peter has over 20 years of experience in IP strategy, working in both the private and public sectors. Peter has advised on IP policy, operations, and strategy in numerous areas including start-ups, scale ups, technology transfer offices, accelerators and incubators, venture capital groups, and governments.

Peter is currently the CEO at IPON, as well as a board member for Innovation Asset Collective and on the governance committee for the College of Patent and Trademark Agents.

Geoff North, Vice President of IP, Intellectual Property Ontario

Geoff is a recognized leader in the field of intellectual property with more than 20 years of experience as an IP lawyer. Geoff is currently the Vice President IP at IPON, and recently held positions as Legal Counsel with a leading-edge network company, as well as Founder of an IP law firm with clients around the world.

Geoff has represented clients before the Federal Court in IP litigation, prosecuted IP applications, and drafted and negotiated agreements for the commercialization of IP.



July 18, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Ontario Canada