Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Date & Time

Thursday, 29 September 2016
09:00 to 16:30


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and University-Industry Liaison Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


Together with UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to present a workshop on intellectual property from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) ( and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (

This 1-day workshop will help you:

  • gain an overall understanding of the field of intellectual property (trade secrets, patents, trade-marks, copyright, and industrial design).
  • understand the various stages and timelines in the process of obtaining a patent.
  • utilize the resources available to conduct a prior-art search yourself.
  • participate in technology transfer processes.

This program is experimental and will give you opportunities to reflect on the value of Intellectual Property (IP), conduct a patent search, and determine patentability and inventorship in real-world case studies.

After participating, you will be:

  • aware of the importance and strategic use of IP.
  • able to find patents of interest and to evaluate the IP position of a technology.
  • never again confused about whether this patent has been examined/issued/expired.
  • confident to engage in technology transfer processes as a researcher.
  • attentive to “red-flags” in regard to IP in research collaborations with other groups, institutions, organisations, or industry.


Andris Macins, Partner, Patent & Trade-mark Agent, Carbon Patent Group

Andris Macins received his B.Sc./M.Sc./LL.B. degrees from The University of British Columbia, is called to the bar of British Columbia and is a Canadian Patent and Trademark Agent.  Andris’ practice is almost entirely focused on life sciences and pharmaceutical patent drafting, prosecution, and portfolio management. He also provides patent patentability opinions, infringement opinions, and validity opinions, to universities and start-up companies. Prior to joining the Carbon Patent Group, Andris worked as a patent searcher for PATSCAN and the UBC UILO, and then gained 12 years of experience with a national intellectual property boutique firm. Andris teaches the Create Sustainable Synthesis NSERC Patent Course and PHAR 591 Scholarly Integrity and Research Ethics: Intellectual Property lecture, both at UBC.

Dean Palmer, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Managing Partner at Palmer IP

Dean Palmer is a barrister and solicitor in BC entitled to practice before the USPTO in trademark matters for Canadian clients, and he is as well a non-practicing member of the Law Society of England and Wales. His practice encompasses the international acquisition, protection, commercial exploitation, and enforcement of IP. Originally from New Zealand, Dean received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and his Law degree from the University of British Columbia. Dean speaks and writes French and attended French Immersion programs at the Université Quebec and Université Laval. He also spent six months in France studying IP and European Community law. Dean instructs Internet Law, Business Law and Technology Law at the British Columbia Institute of technology and has taught Patent Law and IP Commercialization at UBC’s Faculty of Law.

Brett Sharp, Associate Director Technology Transfer, UILO

Brett Sharp is an Associate Director in the UBC University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) with oversight of technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property from UBC.  He joined the office in 2001 as a technology transfer officer following completion of his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry at UBC.  In the intervening years he has held a variety of positions in the UILO including as a technology transfer and prototype development manager and, most recently, Director of Operations for the office. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers and is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst. He further represents the UILO on the Advisory Board of the UBC Neglected Global Disease Initiative.

Katja Mjos, Technology Transfer Officer, UILO

Katja Mjos holds a M.Sc. in chemistry from the Carl-von-Ossietzky University, Germany, and a Ph.D. in medicinal bioinorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. So far, her career has led her across Northern Europe to South Africa and to Canada, while working in academia and industry with catalysis, coatings, and drug development. As a graduate student at UBC she came in touch with technology transfer, which sparked her interest in intellectual property and the business side of science. She is currently working as a Technology Transfer Officer at the UILO, where she is using her diverse scientific background and intercultural communication skills to foster technology mobilization from UBC into the world.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, September 19 at 9:00am. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:

Postdoctoral Fellows, please register at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.