Intellectual property (IP) legal clinics play a crucial role in helping Canadian inventors and entrepreneurs bring their inventions to market while strengthening the foundations of the country's innovation ecosystem. IP legal clinics provide pro bono IP information and assistance to under-resourced inventors who are not served by the profession. At the same time, when based at law schools, these clinics provide experiential learning opportunities to law students who want to work in the IP profession, which contributes to their career development and increases their legal and interpersonal acumen. These client and student-facing goals improve the ability of Canadians to recognize, protect and exploit intangible assets through IP commercialization strategies, skills that have proven necessary for Canadian businesses to succeed at home and abroad.
Giuseppina D’Agostino is a CIGI senior fellow and an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the founder and director of IP Osgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at Osgoode.