Creativity & The Law: Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Technology Assets

Join WeirFoulds lawyers Ralph Kroman and Wendes Keung as they discuss Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Technology Assets.


In today's knowledge-based economy, it is crucial that organizations use their intellectual property and technology assets strategically. Protecting your intellectual property and technology assets can give your organization a competitive advantage. In Canada, you can protect your intellectual property by various means such as trademark and copyright registrations. Intellectual property “theft” comes in many forms, including infringement, misappropriation, unfair competition, gray market/parallel importation, counterfeiting, and hacking. Understanding what intellectual property your organization has and developing appropriate intellectual property strategies can provide your organization with the tools to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights.

About Wendes Keung
Wendes is an Associate in the Corporate Practice Group at WeirFoulds. After spending her articling and summer work terms with the firm, Wendes focused her practice on information technology, intellectual property, privacy, and regulatory law. Wendes provides practical solutions and actionable advice to clients ranging from technology companies to not-for-profit organizations and institutions on a variety of corporate/commercial, technology, and privacy matters. Her practice includes advising on complex services engagements, privacy and security issues, corporate governance, risk management, strategic partnerships, and software licensing. Her experience assisting clients span a broad array of industries, including telecommunications, media, cloud computing, software development, healthcare and telemedicine, sports, and universities.


About Ralph Kroman
Ralph brings broad experience and high-level expertise to his business law practice with an emphasis upon contract negotiations, intellectual property, information technology and commercial transactions. Ralph practises business law and has provided his expertise to many significant mergers, financings, acquisitions, reorganizations and joint ventures. He is adept at helping clients deal with intellectual property and technology matters such as the acquisition of information technology, and the licensing and protection of copyright, trade-marks and confidential information. He negotiates complex contracts (including statements of work) for goods and services. His clients are in many industries including retail, transportation, manufacturing, information technology, finance and professional service industries. He creates solutions for difficult commercial transactions but also helps entrepreneurs to start up and grow new businesses. Ralph’s expertise includes the public sector and he acts for government and regulatory agencies who are in unique legal environments. Ralph is Co-Chair of the firms Technology, IP and Privacy Group.