4th Annual IP Data & Research Conference

Event details


  • Data Day: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 1 to 5 pm
  • Main conference: Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm


Virtual event

  • Data Day: Microsoft Teams
  • Main Conference: Zoom

Keynote speaker

Jim Balsillie
Founder and Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation


This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Event schedule (Main conference)

Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm

  • 9:00 to 9:05 am – Greetings from the Master of Ceremonies
  • 9:05 to 9:20 am – Opening Remarks: Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
  • 9:20 to 10 am – Keynote and Q&A on the Importance of IP Ownership in Long-Term Sustainable Growth: Jim Balsillie, Founder, CIGI and the BSIA
  • 10:10 to 11:20 am – Clean Technologies and IP
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – IP and Economic Growth
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm – The Impact of COVID-19 on IP and Innovation
  • 2:40 to 3:50 pm – Data in Support of Evidence-Based Policy Making
  • 3:50 to 4 pm – Closing Remarks

4th Annual IP Data & Research Conference

Event description

Every year, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) hosts a data and research conference to share economic research and data analytics in the area of intellectual property (IP).

We collaborated with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to co-host this year's conference. The theme of the conference is the integral relationship between IP and economic growth. Our objective is to share the work by government and external researchers, proving that IP is the fuel for the future.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, followed by keynote speaker Jim Balsillie, retired chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), philanthropist, innovator and founder of both CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo.

We are also excited to announce the addition of Data Day, a half-day event which will take place the day before the main conference. This event will give experts in the field the opportunity to share the 'how' of their research, presenting the data and analytic techniques used to draw their conclusions.

Presentations will be provided in both official languages (English and French), and participants are encouraged to communicate in the official language of their choice.

For more details, visit CIGI's event page.

CIPO's IP research agenda

Planned IP research for 2020 to 2021

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Suggested readings

IP trends in Canada

An overview of the latest IP trends in Canada.

Patenting to fight pandemics: The Canadian Story

A blog post highlighting the role of IP in the context of COVID-19

Processing artificial intelligence

Research highlighting Canadian innovation undertakendomestically and abroad in the field of artificial intelligence.

Patented climate change mitigation technologies

Research on patenting activity in climate change mitigation technologies by Canadians.

Patents in space

Highlighting innovation in the Canadian space sector.

Our partner

Special thanks to our partner for this conference, the Centre for International Governance Innovation.