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Legal Issues in Commercialization of Autonomous Vehicle Research and Technology with Gowling WLG

July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Innovators have many things to turn their minds to when creating new technology, and legal matters can be expensive, confusing, and not as exciting as the primary business activities. But while legal issues may seem like an afterthought, getting them wrong can be devastating, and potentially fatal to a technology company.

This session identifies why having a plan to protect and create opportunities to commercialize technology is essential for innovators, particularly in the autonomous vehicle sector, and will outline legal issues that innovators face when commercializing these technologies, as well as the steps that can be taken to reduce risk and ensure the business is prepared for future growth.

If you are a researcher, innovator, partner, executive, or investor in a business developing new technology, come learn about the steps that you should be taking to protect your technology. While this session will focus on autonomous vehicle technology as a case- study, it is intended for audiences in other similarly innovative industries.

In this session, hear from Alex Ross, Sacha Babic, and Emily Dies, who will discuss:
– How to encourage innovation within your business and ensure innovative ideas are
– How to protect intellectual property rights and manage them as the business grows
– Corporate structures and strategies to protect your ability to commercialize technology.

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 Sacha BabicPartner, Gowling WLG @Gowling WLG

Sacha Babic is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office. He acts for and advises private sector clients of all sizes – from startups to multinationals – in respect of all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate organization & restructuring, and private equity. Sacha also acts for a number of public and quasi-public institutions (including universities, school boards and hydro utilities), regularly advising such clients in respect of matters involving both traditional corporate-commercial issues and unique sector-specific issues. With close to ties to such institutions and Hamilton’s research-intensive and thriving innovation ecosystem, Sacha works with startups across an array of industries. He is focused on helping clients take groundbreaking research to market and bridging the gap between innovation and business.

Alex Ross – Counsel, Gowling WLG @Gowling WLG

Alex Ross is a lawyer and registered Canadian patent agent. He gained valuable experience early in his career working as an in-house intellectual property lawyer at IBM Canada. Alex delivers a full range of IP services to a wide variety of clients – from startups to multinational companies – with a focus on the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton and the Niagara Region, and he works with both Innovate Niagara and Hamilton’s Innovation Factory. His work encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs. Alex’s patent practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, preparation of patent infringement and validity opinions, and advising on patent strategy, with a focus on mechanical devices (including fitness equipment) and computer and information technology. Alex is adept at helping his clients navigate the challenge of obtaining software and computer-related patent protection in a complex legal environment.

Emily Dies – Associate, Gowling WLG @Gowling WLG

Emily Dies is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office and a member of the firm’s Business Law Group. Her practice focuses on emerging growth companies, financial regulatory matters, and FinTech. Emily regularly advises clients in the blockchain space on corporate, commercial and financial regulatory matters. Emily also collaborates with lawyers and technologists on the development and implementation of legal technologies. In 2019, she received the Precedent Magazine Innovation Award for her work on the development of innovative client tools.


July 6
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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