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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Professional Skills workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Legal office hours for startups

If you are currently launching a startup at U of T, you are eligible for a free, 15-minute office hours session with a lawyer from Bhole IP Law. Bring your questions about intellectual property or technical contracts as they pertain to your startup.

Office hours will resume in the Fall 2018. If you would like to be notified of the next sessions, please sign-up for the Entrepreneurship Newsletter.

Sessions are 15 minutes long and slots are limited. If you need to cancel, please do so minimum of 48+ hours in advance. Preference will be given to those who attend the Legal Dos and Don'ts workshops (see details below), as they have a basic level of information on these topics.

Legal Dos and Don'ts for Startups workshop

This free, one-hour workshop focuses on practical legal tips for startup companies. Expect an interactive discussion introducing concepts and strategies on technology-related contracts and intellectual property (IP). Leave with a better understanding of the range of legal issues that a growing startup will encounter, as well as common pitfalls and best practices. Concepts will be introduced to help you protect your rights when dealing stakeholders through a diverse range of contracts, and through adopting an appropriate IP protection strategy, including the following topics:

  • types of technology-related contracts
  • key considerations and techniques to drafting and analyzing contracts
  • contract considerations for software companies
  • trade secret protection best practices
  • patent and trademark registration

When: Fall 2018
Location: MADLab, Gerstein Library, 1 below

If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Chris Kim (


Note: Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing others on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign-in next to your name on the attendance sheet for this workshop. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.

About the experts

Marc Lampert is a lawyer with a particular focus on helping innovators' ideas achieve viability though providing strategic legal advice in intellectual property, technology and product development law. Along with being a licensed lawyer, as a registered patent and trademark agent, Marc has worked with companies to strategize, prepare and prosecute their patent and trademark applications.

BHOLE IP LAW is a specialized intellectual property (IP) boutique law firm. The firm works extensively in the digital innovation space and has an active group focusing on technology contract drafting and negotiation. It is considered a national IP leader in the emerging areas of machine learning, neural networks, augmented reality hardware and software, and image processing; and further administers portfolios in many other areas, including clean energy, medical devices, cryptography, tooling, manufacturing and advanced materials.

Note: Any advice or guidance offered is from the attorneys.