IP Masterclass: IP Protection for Software and AI-Based Technology

June 19, 2024

About This Masterclass

During this webinar we will discuss the different types of IP protection that can be pursued for software and AI-based technology including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. We will also discuss filing trends and go over various examples.

Event Schedule

  • Date: June 19th 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 Tony Orsi

Tony Orsi is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and co-leader of the firm's Fintech practice group. Tony’s practice focuses on patents with an emphasis on electrical, biomedical, software, and cleantech innovations as well as patent drafting, evaluating new technologies, and IP management strategies. Tony drafts and prosecutes patent applications relating to medical devices, medical imaging systems, ultrasound, electronic circuits, electronic devices, communication systems, radar systems, video and signal processing systems, mass spectrometry, fuel cell technology, alternative energy sources, internet systems, business methods, as well as mechanical and cleantech devices.


Tony has worked on patent matters with small, mid and large-sized corporations, universities and tech transfer organizations, as well as individual inventors across Canada. He has also worked with clients to develop in-house IP programs.


Tony supports the growing start-up communities in Durham Region, the Eastern Ontario Corridor, Vaughan and Halifax, where he is actively involved with colleges and universities, the Spark Centre, the Schulich startup network and Innovacorp. Tony advises startups on IP strategy to help them protect their innovations and be ready for investors right from the beginning of the start-up phase.


Tony also has several years of industry experience having worked as an Associate ASIC engineer with a major Canadian video processing company. In addition, he worked as a Digital Signal Processing Specialist with a pipeline inspection company where he focused on signal and image processing.


While obtaining his honours B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering, Tony studied a wide range of topics including semiconductors, signal processing, electronics, control theory and communication. During his M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering, Tony did research at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and studied signal detection, signal processing, acoustics, auditory evoked potentials, and human auditory physiology. While earning his MBA with distinction, Tony studied a variety of topics including strategy, entrepreneurship, and finance.

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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