Intellectual Property - Inventions and Patents


Henry F. Hall Building, Concordia University, 1455 boul. de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC, CA


This workshop is offered jointly by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the Office of Research and Legal Services. It is geared to provide an overview of the various concepts related to Intellectual Property (IP), its ownership and management in the context of Canada's and Concordia’s IP policy and legislative frameworks. 

Apart from their potential commercial value, patents are a publicly available storehouse of current and historical scientific knowledge spanning all disciplines. They are an indispensable resource which complements the scientific/ engineering journals and publications. The workshop will briefly look at the three criteria for patentability, the patent process, and present tools for searching patents. 

The workshop will cover the following topics: 

• What is an invention? 
• Who is an inventor? 
• Is an invention patentable? 
• Can patent searching inform my research directions - patent searching 101
• Mechanisms and support available at Concordia for IP protection, management and best practices.

The workshop will also explore the topic of patents through a case study titled "Samantha Chang: Who Owns the Invention?" See link below. 

Learning Objectives 

In this workshop, participants will:
1- Gain insights into patents and copyright protection 
2- Understand Concordia’s IP framework and support mechanisms
3- Learn to effectively do a patent search 

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Me Béatrice T. Ngatcha, Jonathan Farber, and Karan Singh.

Béatrice T. Ngatcha is a patent agent registered in Canada and the United States having doctoral and post-doctoral training in chemistry. She joined Goudreau Gage Dubuc in 2010 having been practicing in the field of intellectual property since 2000. Béatrice is also a lawyer called to the Ontario Bar. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec (c.j.c.). Her practice covers the areas of chemistry (organic/medicinal), biochemistry and biotechnology. Her practice also includes domestic and foreign patent prosecution, and the development and management of patent portfolios. She also provides opinions and counselling regarding patentability patent validity and infringement matters, as well as regulatory affairs.

Jonathan Farber is the Intellectual Property Specialist in the Office of Research at Concordia University. He holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Chemistry from McGill as well as an M.B.A. from Concordia. He has a background in research and development and quality assurance in the Food industry, most recently as V-P R&D in a nutraceutical start-up. 

Karan Singh is a Contracts Specialist at the Office of Research at Concordia. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from McGill University. Prior to joining Concordia, he worked on international Business Aircraft contracts at Bombardier Aerospace and did a special project on Multi-national Bilateral Agreements at the International Civil Aviation Organization. He is particularly interested in the constantly changing digital media landscape and how it impacts creators’ rights.

Case Study

The following case study will be discussed during the workshop. Participants are advised to review the case study prior to the workshop.

Samantha Chang case study

Discussion questions:

What rights does Samantha Chang have regarding her idea?
Is Samantha's idea patentable since it uses existing technology?
What rights does the company, AutoPartsCo, have in relation to the invention?