IP Strategies for SMEs

Wednesday, October 7 - 2015
9:30 am - 11:00 am


Andrew Currier’s Presentation:

IP Strategies for SMEs 2015



Join ITAC for a Fireside Chat with
ANDREW CURRIER,  Perry + Currier Inc.

IP is an important corporate asset, but these days it’s also a contentious one.  Patent trolls, globalization and squeezed budgets are leading some to question the value of intellectual property.  On the other hand, ignoring IP strategy altogether is dangerous. Andrew Currier is a leading intellectual property attorney based in Toronto with a global practice. His text book on patent law has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and he has spent several years in industry, academia and private practice.  In this talk, Andrew will present a framework for helping business executives understand the IP system from the lens of business, and provide practical approaches to determining what is worth protecting and how.


Date Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9:30 am –
11:00 am
Registration, networking and continental breakfast
Welcome and introductions
Closing remarks and networking
106 Front Street East, Suite 200, Toronto
Host:  Paul Crowe, ITAC Ontario Vice-Chair
BSEE, LL.B., P.Eng. Patent Agent (Can/US) Trademark Agent (Can)
Lawyer (Ont), Perry + Currier Inc.




Thanks to our co-host: 


Andrew Currier bio

Andrew is a recognized leader in intellectual property, combining experience in industry, law and academia before co-founding PCK. Andrew’s industry experience includes General Counsel for a publicly-traded flat-panel display company, IP counsel for a Silicon Valley start-up, and engineer for the automotive industry. In law, Andrew practiced for several years with three of Canada’s national firms. In academia, Andrew held a teaching appointment as Adjunct Professor at Western University in London Ontario, teaching patent law from 2000-2007. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, he is also co-author (with Stephen Perry) of Canadian Patent Law (2nd ed. Butterworths, 2014) the first text on Canadian patent law by practitioners in over thirty years. Andrew combines the traditions of professional excellence with modern business savvy. As co-founder of PCK, Andrew spearheaded several innovations in professional practice management, notably PCK’s paperless practice which includes state-of-the-art electronic workflow and billing engines, a subject on which Andrew speaks regularly. This work has placed PCK on the forefront in the use of advanced software to efficiently deliver tier-1 professional services using transparent, “CFO-friendly” cost management tools that focus on client value rather than opaque billable-hours. Andrew’s breadth is expressed through his practice, as he counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including strategy, invention mining, branding, portfolio management, commercialization, litigation and dispute resolution, built on a core foundation of excellence in originating patent and trademark preparation, filing and prosecution. His clients span the range of start-ups to large enterprises, and he takes pride in bringing his skills to the corporate journey all the way from founding to scaling and maturity.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Kettering University MEMBER Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Engineer, Professional Engineers of Ontario Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Intellectual Property Owners Association Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)

PUBLICATIONS: National Magazine, The Canadian Bar Association, Spring 2015 Canadian Patent Law, LexisNexis Canada, 2012, Second Edition, 2014 – Co-author with Stephen J. Perry Image-Guided Interventions, Saunders Elsevier, Vol. 1, USA, 2008 Chapter 15, Intellectual Property Management Transgenic Mice in Transgenic Fields, Co-author with Jessica Lumière, Patent World (Informa Law), Issue 160, pp. 13 – 15, March 2004 The Impact of Harvard Mouse on the Canadian Law Pertaining to Statutory Subject Matter, 19 CIPR 219, 2003 The Canadian Action to Restrain Threats of Legal Proceedings, Patent World (Intellectual Property Publishing Limited), pp. 33 – 37, March 1996 Canadian Intellectual Property Office Grapples with Business Method Patents – Co-author with Arya Ghadimi and Stephen J. Perry IPO’s International Patent Committee Newsletter. September 2013.

See more at: http://www.pckip.com/t-andrew-currier#sthash.LqVieMCw.dpuf


For any questions, please contact:

Denise Shortt, VP Industry Development, ITAC – dshortt@itac.ca Donna White, Manager, Membership Relations, ITAC – dwhite@itac.ca






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