April: A Month for Canadian Innovation

April is a busy month for those of us interested in developments in the Canadian intellectual property landscape. IP is a popular topic among advocates and policymakers, and for good reason. Canada’s economy is changing rapidly, with new developments tilting us toward a knowledge economy.

Protecting new ideas is critical for attracting new investment in this type of knowledge-based economic environment. Companies must feel confident that their work and ideas are valued in Canada through a robust innovation ecosystem. Innovation is so important to the future of the Canadian economy that the new Liberal government established an “Innovation Agenda” in its very first budget. This new plan will provide new funding to post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector in order to foster innovative growth.

Ready to dig into the dialogue surrounding intellectual property? Here are upcoming opportunities to get involved:

AmCham Canada IP Roundtable, April 21, 2016. Hosted in Ottawa by the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, the Canadian IP Council and the Global IP Center (GIPC), this event will focus on the findings of the GIPC’s annual global IP report. The report measures the strength of Canada’s IP environment in comparison to peer countries like the U.S. and U.K. Most importantly, it outlines concrete steps that policymakers can take in order to create an IP environment that fosters innovation and competitiveness.

Find a recap of the report and its findings in advance of the forum here.

World IP Day, April 26, 2016. Established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this global discussion of intellectual property and innovation takes place each year on April 26. This year’s theme is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined,” putting the focus on the evolving role of digital technology in cultural consumption and production.

Find an event near you by using WIPO’s map of IP Day 2016 events. No events scheduled in your area? Look into hosting your own with their list of suggested activities for organizations and individuals.