Eighth Annual University of Toronto Patent Colloquium


  • The Ins and Outs of Non-Infringing Alternatives
  • Protective Agreements and Confidentiality Orders – The State of Play
  • File Wrapper History (coming to a theatre near you: what it will mean)

Colloquium program (PDF)

For Ontario lawyers, this program is eligible for up to 6 Substantive Hours.

Justice Roger Hughes keynoted annual Patent Colloquium

Friday, November 30, 2018

"What is a patent? It's a ticket to sue!"

By German Andres Guberman and Amanda Wolczanski, JD students

Justice Roger Hughes gave a candid and engaging talk on the patent system, as part of the keynote for the seventh annual Patent Law Colloquium, organized by the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. His self-proclaimed “rant” was an informal analysis of the patent system's cast of characters (including patent officers, judges and lawyers), deficiencies, and potential fixes.

No Time for Tinkering: On Intellectual Property and NAFTA

Last year, I wrote the following essay, as part of a collection of essays, "NAFTA and the Knowledge Economy", published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The essay discusses what Canada’s approach to intellectual property in the context of the renegotiation of NAFTA should be. Since the issues are back at the table, I thought I'd post it again. You can read it on CIGI's website, download a pdf version, or simply scroll down.

No Time for Tinkering: How a "more progressive" NAFTA could break the vicious circle of global inequities in the ownership of knowledge

The postwar international trading order reflected the assumption that reducing various state-imposed restrictions on trade, and promoting free and competitive markets, would be mutually beneficial to trading nations and to the world as a whole.

Meet new faculty member Professor Chris Essert

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Prof. Christopher Essert

By Sheldon Gordon

Eight years ago, when he began his academic career at Queen's Faculty of Law, Chris Essert was assigned to teach a course on property law.  He discovered that the connection between property rights and equality under the law raised so many interesting questions that it was an area he should address in his research, too. 

Prof. Lisa Austin writes "We must not treat data like a natural resource" in Globe and Mail

Monday, July 9, 2018

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Lisa Austin argues that "data is not a natural resource but a new informational dimension to individual and community life" ("We must not treat data like a natural resource," July 9, 2018).

Read the full commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.

We must not treat data like a natural resource

By Lisa Austin

July 9, 2018

Prof. Ariel Katz writes "Data governance in a digital age: When information wants to be unfree"

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In a commentary in the Financial Post, Prof. Ariel Katz suggests that the Law of the Sea offers a useful framework for thinking about data governance. He concludes "Information can be free, shared and open, owned, closed and expensive; it can be empowering and dangerous. We must determine what we want it to be." ("Data governance in a digital age: When information wants to be unfree," May 19, 2018).