Smart & Biggar partners teach trademark basics as part of IPIC-McGill 2019 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property
July 4, 2019

Smart & Biggar partners, Ekaterina Tsimberis, Christian Bolduc and Philip Lapin, will participate as instructors in the 2019 Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Understanding Trademarks course at McGill University from July 8-12, 2019. Understanding Trademarks, part of the 2019 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property, is an intensive and practical course that provides valuable information on all aspects of acquiring, managing and protecting trademark assets.

 Ekaterina Tsimberis    Christian Bolduc    Philip Lapin
Ekaterina Tsimberis   Christian Bolduc   Philip Lapin

Montreal partner, Ekaterina Tsimberis, was named Director of Understanding Trademarks at the end of 2018. She will welcome course participants in her opening remarks on July 8th.

Christian Bolduc — who will lead “Preparing Trademark Applications and Use and Registrability Opinions” as part of Module 1: Basics of Canadian Trademark Procurement, and Philip Lapin — who will discuss “Opposition Proceedings: Overview, Context & Strategy” in Module 2: Fundamentals of Trademark Management and Contentious Proceedings, are among the experienced practitioners who will cover theoretical and practical aspects of trademark procurement, portfolio management and contentious proceedings, together with information and tools on international filing systems, including the Madrid Protocol. They will also share the impact of the current changes to the Canadian trademark regime and provide “best practices” advice and tips.

Course participants will include lawyers, trademark agents, In-house counsel, brand portfolio managers, marketing & brand creation specialists and professionals seeking a greater understanding of trademark law and practice, young professionals considering entering the field of trademarks, people new to the profession, and any professionals seeking to refresh or broaden their knowledge and skill set.

Since 1994, IPIC and McGill University have gathered some of the best practitioners in the field to conduct a series of courses in intellectual property. More than 2,000 professionals from the business, legal and public sectors have participated in this unique summer program, which brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect through a common interest in Canadian intellectual property.

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. We have been leaders in intellectual property and technology law for over a century. For more information, please visit

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