IP Osgoode to Navigate Complex and Fast-Changing Area of Intellectual Property

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
launched IP Osgoode - its innovative new Intellectual Property (IP) Law and
Technology Program - on Wednesday, October 15 at a reception attended by two
Ontario Cabinet ministers as well as other prominent members of government,
the legal community, the judiciary and academia.
    The Honourable John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation for
Ontario, and the Honourable Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development,
were among the well-wishers to congratulate Osgoode Hall Law School on the
launch of IP Osgoode, an independent and authoritative voice on intellectual
property issues.
    Osgoode is partnering with five leading law firms - Cassels Brock &
Blackwell, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, McCarthy Tétrault, Ogilvy Renault and
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt - and industry leaders Audio-Video Licensing Agency
Inc. and Copyright Collective of Canada/Société de perception de droit
d'auteur du Canada in this groundbreaking initiative.
    An impressive IP Osgoode Advisory Board has also been assembled, which
includes the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein, the Honourable Justice
Roger T. Hughes, the Honourable Justice Karen M. Weiler, and a group of
leading Canadian IP practitioners.
    "With the launch of this new program, Osgoode will be in a unique
position to educate and prepare our next generation of lawyers to compete and
succeed in a knowledge-based society," Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan said at
the public launch of IP Osgoode, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Toronto in conjunction with the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Intellectual
Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).
    "We believe that there is a need for a much more robust public policy
debate on IP and related technology law issues in Canada," Monahan said. "The
creation of IP Osgoode, and our ability to provide useful policy options, will
better ensure a balance in policy and law-making processes."
    Helping to shape IP Osgoode will be Professor David Vaver, an iconic
figure in the field of intellectual property law, who will be returning to
Osgoode in 2009 as Professor of Intellectual Property Law after a decade at
the University of Oxford as the Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property &
Information Technology Law and Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property
Research Centre.
    Other members of the IP Osgoode team include Osgoode Professors
Giuseppina D'Agostino (Founder and Director of IP Osgoode), Carys Craig,
Ikechi Mgbeoji and Rex Shoyama.
    In addition to a variety of academic courses focusing on topics such as
copyright, digital copyright, trademarks, international intellectual property
and intellectual property theory, special features of the IP Osgoode program
will include a new IP Osgoode Web site (www.iposgoode.ca); an online blog
(ipilogue.ca), with high-profile guest bloggers, student editors and daily
postings; and a series of special events and presentations by internationally
respected IP experts.
    "We need to see a more balanced, objective approach to the IP debate and
IP Osgoode will fill that niche," said D'Agostino. "In particular, the new IP
Osgoode Web site will be the go-to place on IP matters. It is a new source of
information and inspiration, not just for our students, but for anyone who is
interested in IP."

    Osgoode Hall Law School of York University has a proud history of more
than 100 years of leadership and innovation in legal education and legal
scholarship. Osgoode offers a three-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Program; a
Graduate Program, with thesis-based Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) programs; and part-time degree programs and continuing legal
education courses through Osgoode Professional Development.

For further information:

For further information: Virginia Corner, Communications Manager,
Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, (416) 736-5820,

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