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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 are set for the following dates from 12 pm to 1 pm:

  • January 18, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • March 1, 2019


All sessions are 15 minutes long and slots are limited. Please fill out this form to request a time slot. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to cancel, please do so a minimum of 48+ hours in advance so that others on the waitlist can be accommodated. If you fail to cancel 48+ hours in advance, your library account will be charged $10. 

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.

If you have any questions about these legal office hours, please email Chris Kim, Entrepreneurship Librarian, csy.kim@utoronto.ca.

Legal Dos and Don'ts for Startups workshop

Lawyers Marc Lampert and Alex Koch will be conducting a free one-hour workshop on practical legal tips for startup companies. There will be an interactive discussion centred around an introduction to various concepts and strategies on business structures, technology contracts and intellectual property (“IP”).

You will gain a better understanding of the range of legal issues that a growing startup will encounter, as well as how to navigate around common pitfalls to position a startup for long-term success. Information will be presented on the following topics:

  • business structure for startups
  • corporate governance
  • employment-related concerns for startups
  • technology-related contracts
  • contract considerations for tech companies
  • introduction to patent, trade secret, and trademark protection
  • IP strategies and best practices

When: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12 pm to 1 pm
Location: MADLab, Gerstein Library, 1 below

Register here

If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Chris Kim, Entrepreneurship Librarian, csy.kim@utoronto.ca

Note: This workshop is free and registration is required. 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 at BHOLE IP LAW with a particular focus on helping innovators' ideas achieve viability though providing strategic 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. Prior to joining the team at Bhole IP Law, Marc was an associate in a national full-service law firm servicing the Waterloo hi-tech community. Prior to embarking on a legal career, Marc graduated in electrical engineering at The University of Western Ontario and gained industry experience at an engineering consulting firm.

Alex Koch is the founder and principal of Insight Legal, a business law firm located in Toronto's Financial District. Alex helps simplify the legal aspects of entrepreneurship for the firm's startup clients across a wide array of industries such as health and wellness, food and beverage, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, pet care, retail and tech (including fintech, green tech, cleantech and mobility tech). Alex's business law practice focuses on helping clients with their ongoing operational legal needs as well as assisting them in corporate transactions.

 

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