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Commercialization Session: Intellectual Property Ontario Info Session

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Commercialization education sessions give Vector researchers a chance to connect with and hear from experienced industry specialists on a range of topics, including venture capital, contract law, intellectual property and AI, patent eligibility, and entrepreneurship.


Intellectual property (IP) is crucial not only for protecting and scaling a business, but is one of the top ways that potential investors value a company in its early days. Yet, protecting IP is not as straight forward for the AI industry as it is for other tangible innovations. There are several ways that AI innovators can leverage an IP strategy that layers different forms of protection, which may include:

  • copyright,
  • patents, or
  • non-disclosure agreements to secure a strong market position.

Join Peter Cowan, CEO of Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON), who will discuss IP for the AI industry and available IP support services through IPON including education, available grants, mentorship programs, and several online resources. IPON is a government agency launched in the fall of 2023 to help innovators—particularly in the AI sector—protect their IP and commercialize in the global marketplace.

To register for the event click here: https://vectorinstitute.swoogo.com/commercialization-session-oct-2023/4167613?ref=Website


About the Speaker

Peter Cowan has 20 years’ experience in IP strategy, working in both the private and public sectors related to innovation. He has worked on the business operations side of IP to plan, create and lead the IP programming, and brings a deep technical expertise as a named inventor on almost 70 patents in the clean energy sector. 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 (provincial, federal, international).

He is currently a board member for Innovation Asset Collective and on the governance committee for the College of Patent and Trademark Agents. Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and an MBA (Entrepreneurship; research focus in IP strategies for SMEs) from the University of Victoria, and an LLM (Intellectual Property; research focus on IP and board governance) degree from Osgoode Hall.

Open to SMEs that have signed up for Vector’s Fastlane Program. Open to current and former Vector researchers, Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence recipients, students and alumni from Vector-recognized master’s programs, students of Vector Faculty Affiliates, Vector Interns, and Vector Postgraduate Affiliates. Your registration will be cancelled if you do not meet this criterion.