IP Masterclass: Copyright Strategy for startups

July 17, 2024

About This Masterclass

Join Christie Bates from Bereskin & Parr LLP to learn about important copyright strategy considerations for startups. In particular, learn the basics of what attracts copyright protection, moral rights, ownership considerations, proper licensing, copyright registrations, and other key issues, including how software can be protected by copyright in Canada.

Event Schedule

  • Date: July 17th 2024
  • Time: 10am to 11am EST
  • Location: Virtual-Link to join via Microsoft Teams will be available on the Event Page after registering & sent to you via email.

About Chritie Bates

Christie is an associate and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP.

Christie has a broad practice in the licensing, protection, enforcement and acquisition of trademarks, copyright and confidential information. Christie’s expertise encompasses trademark portfolio management, prosecution, and contentious work, as well as trademark and copyright litigation, copyright advisory work, and transactional IP work.

She has managed complex cross-border trademark portfolios for franchises, represented clients in trademark and copyright infringement matters before the Federal Court, and negotiated and drafted technology and IP licenses and cross-branding agreements. Christie has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: “Ones to Watch” for Intellectual Property in 2022 and 2021, as well as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property from Managing IP in 2022. Christie is also an executive with the Toronto Intellectual Property Group and a member of the International Trademark Association’s Young Practitioners Committee.

Outside of the confines of the office, Christie loves to sing and act (preferably, simultaneously). In addition to having been in over a dozen amateur productions over the past decade, she also sits on the board of one of Canada’s oldest music organizations.

IP Assist Program

Spark Centre’s implementation of the IP Assist Program is designed to support innovative technology companies sothey can understand, assess and make strategic business decisions with regards to their company’s Intellectual Property innovations. The Program is structured into two different steps:

IP Education & Awareness

Tech firms have access to a 2-hour free consultation to help them betterunderstand IP and how their innovations can be transformed into valuable assets. You can choose to workwith our internal IP Advisor, Tony Orsi, your own IP Expert or choose from our IP Expert Referral List.

IP Landscape Brief

Tech firms receive services valued up to $10K towards the development of an IPLandscape Brief that supports the firm’s business goals. Strategic IP Landscape Briefs* provide an analysis of the company’s innovation that reveals business, scientific or technological trends, typically with a focuson a single geographic region, industry or technology at a point in time. The tech firm is required to pay a$250 administration fee upon approval.

*Landscape Briefs do not provide a legal opinion

In addition to these three steps, tech firms will have access to an additional 2-hour free consultation with Spark Centre’s IP Advisor, Tony Orsi from Bereskin and Parr, to address any concerns or opportunities regarding their IP.


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