Join us for "Let's Talk Legal - How to... Navigate the Legal Landscape: A workshop series for early stage ventures." This series of 3 independent workshops is designed to help entrepreneurs demystify the legal landscape and fill in the blanks. The series is organized in partnership with Blakes, one of Canada's leading law firms.
This is the second workshop in the series of 3 - you did not need to attend the other workshops in order to register.
Workshop 1 | Preparing for your Future as an Entrepreneur: Legal Basics for Start-ups | Sept 29 read more»
Workshop 2 | Protecting your Intellectual Property | Oct 25 read more»
Workshop 3 | Venture Financing: What to Expect and Strategies for Success | Nov 29 read more»
The "How to..." workshop series is dedicated to giving you the keys to a successful business, from creation to exit. As with all our events, the "Let's Talk Legal - How to..." workshop is interactive and informal so bring your questions with you!
Let's Talk Legal Workshop 2 | Protecting your Intellectual Property
Science plays a key part in your life sciences business. You have technology that no one else offers. You want to share the secret sauce, but only on your terms. How do you make this happen?
This event is the second in a series of presentations on key legal considerations and issues facing entrepreneurs. It is brought to you by Johnson & Johnson's law department working in close partnership with one of Canada's leading law firms, Blakes. The lawyers and patent agents presenting these workshops have extensive experience working with life sciences companies ranging from very early-stage ventures through to multi-national public companies.
This practical session will focus on how intellectual property (IP) can be used in your life science business, including:
- Identifying the types of IP relevant to your business
- Protecting and managing IP of your business
- What investors look for in IP due diligence and how to avoid common pitfalls
11:00 AM | Registration Opens, Networking
11:30 AM | Presentation
12:30 PM | Q&A
12:45 PM | Lunch and Networking
1:30 PM | Program Close
Maurizio Romano | Director, Law, Janssen, Inc. read bio»
Christopher Jones | Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP read bio»
Thomas Wong | Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP read bio»
Leah Rodin | Patent Agent, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP read bio»
$40 | General Public
$30 | Student/Academic
$55 | At the door
Please note: fees do not go to the presenting lawyers, they cover only catering and event costs
JLABS @ Toronto
661 University Ave, Suite 1300
Maurizio Romano | Director, Law, Janssen Inc.
Maurizio Romano is currently the Director of Law for Janssen Inc., the Canadian pharmaceutical business of Johnson & Johnson. His primary responsibilities include supporting all matters for the immunology, oncology, and BioAdvance patient support businesses. He also provides global legal support to Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2013, Maurizio practiced for nine years as an M&A and Competition lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP. Maurizio obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto; and a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.
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Christopher Jones | Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Christopher's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, venture and corporate finance transactions. He regularly advises Canadian, U.S. and other international clients on a wide variety of public and private acquisition and business combination transactions, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. His clientele include private equity, venture capital and pension funds and businesses that range from early-stage ventures to publicly-traded, multi-national corporations operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, mining and resources.
Christopher currently serves as a member of the Ontario Bar Association Securities Law Subcommittee and also serves on the World Securities Law Report advisory board.
Prior to joining Blakes, Christopher spent five years practicing law in the United States.
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Thomas Wong | Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Thomas is a lawyer, patent agent and trade-mark agent. He practises in all areas of intellectual property, with a focus on patents and business transactions involving technology. He regularly drafts and negotiates agreements relating to the development, licensing, transfer and commercialization of intellectual property. Prior to practising law, Thomas worked for over five years as an engineer and understands the needs of technology companies from the perspective of both a legal advisor and an inventor.
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Leah Rodin | Patent Agent , Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Leah counsels clients on protecting their intellectual property. Her practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patents and industrial designs. She advises clients on patent filing strategy and portfolio management and prepares opinions on patentability, validity, infringement and freedom to operate. Leah specializes in chemical and life science patents and has worked with large and small companies, universities and individual inventors to protect their inventions. She has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, medical devices and nanotechnology. Prior to joining Blakes, Leah worked as a patent agent at an intellectual property boutique firm. She started her career as a chemist on the drug development team of a prominent Canadian biotechnology company where she later worked as a technical consultant in the company's legal department.
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JLABS @ Toronto
JLABS, part of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is a network of life science incubators providing emerging companies many of the advantages of being in a big company, without the capital investment. JLABS offers singular bench tops, modular wet lab units and office space on a short-term basis, allowing companies to pay only for the space they need, with an option to quickly expand when they have the resources to do so. Companies residing at JLABS also have access to core research labs hosting specialized capital equipment and shared administrative areas. JLABS is an open innovation model, and the agreement for space does not grant JLABS or Johnson & Johnson Innovation any stake or rights in the companies, nor will the companies have a guaranteed future affiliation with JLABS. The flagship facility is located in San Diego at Janssen's West Coast Research Center, and JLABS has now two established locations in San Francisco - one through a collaboration with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and a second standalone facility - one in Boston through a collaboration with Lab Central, one in Houston through a collaboration with TMC, and one in Toronto through a collaboration with MaRS. For more information please visit jlabs.jnjinnovation.com.