Posted by: 02 Apr 2014

Patents vs. Trade Secrets – How do you protect software?

Rapid advances in new technologies have led to a host of unique and unprecedented challenges to protecting innovation. To confidently stake a claim and mitigate long-term risk, organizations need to understand the law; should you file a patent application for your software related invention, when should you file it, associated costs and best practices.

Please join Joseph Conneely, Partner, Patent Agent, Trade Mark Agent for this informative and important Power Session

Seminar topics will include:

  • Brief overview of IP law basics as applied to software
  • Patent and trade secret protection for software – What’s the difference and how do they relate?
  • What about copyright?
  • What is the software industry doing at present?
  • Costs for filing patent applications for software related inventions
  • Canadian IP law vs. US IP law with respect to software related patents
  • Enforcement strategies

This seminar is designed to for those with some basic familiarity on what a patent and/or trade secret is.  Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30am and the session will start promptly at 8am.


Friday April 25, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM


Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
1 First Canadian Place Suite 1600
100 King Street West
Toronto, ON


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