IP for Business News – June 2022

Engaging with Indigenous peoples

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to commemorate the history, culture and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. In recognition, Innovation and Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)'s Indigenous Employees Network, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce have organized a webinar on "Engaging with Indigenous Peoples". Join us on June 13 from 1 to 2 pm for the presentation, which will cover a myriad of topics including an overview of territorial acknowledgments, smudging, working with Indigenous peoples, and much more!

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Celebrating World Industrial Design Day

World Industrial Design (ID) Day, celebrated each year on June 29, is dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of industrial design to the everyday lives of consumers. This year's theme is leadership, which recognizes the ways in which designers lead change towards a brighter future.

In honour of World ID Day, we interviewed the vice president of Design at Umbra, Matt Carr, to learn how companies can translate registered industrial design rights into sustained global success. Umbra is a multinational home accessories designer and manufacturer, which sells products through thousands of retailers all over the world. With 30 to 60 new products released each year in over 100 countries, protecting its designs is of the utmost importance to the company. Take a moment to read our latest IP success story and learn how Umbra's intellectual property (IP) strategy has sparked change in the accessibility of practical, yet affordable home accessories.

Episode 18 of the Canadian IP Voices podcast – Powered by Haloo: How artificial intelligence systems can be used to prepare trademark registration applications

In episode 18 of Canadian IP Voices, Julie MacDonell, a senior level lawyer specializing in trademarks, discusses her experience with helping entrepreneurs and large companies register their trademarks in Canada and across the globe. Tune in to learn about the importance of trademarks in brand success, and how Julie's new company, Haloo, is changing the way businesses interact with IP through the use of artificial intelligence services. You can listen now on CIPO's website, or wherever you get your podcasts!

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