Mini Networking Night on Intellectual Property 

Event details
Join us for an evening of networking for research trainees interested in Careers in Intellectual Property. With a guest to student ratio of 1:5, students can participate in engaging conversations in an relaxed atmosphere.
Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 2nd floor of Prenup Pub (191 College St, Toronto), near Queen’s Park Subway Station
Event program
6:00 – 6:10 p.m. Registration
6:10 – 6:20 p.m. Welcome remarks & Guest introduction
6:20 – 7:20 p.m. Structured Networking (students are organized into groups, which rotate every 20 minutes)
7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Open Networking
*Appetizers & cash bar are provided.
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Very limited space available. Registered individuals who do not show up will be prevented from registering for future events.

The Mini Networking Series is free for all students, post-docs and other research trainees at the University of Toronto or the affiliated research institutions. External participants must pay a $5 fee to register.

Have more questions about registration? Visit our FAQ page.


Ainslie Little, Ph.D.

U.S. Patent Agent, Tory’s LLP

Ainslie Little’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications and advising on patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate matters. She also counsels clients on strategies for building and aligning their patent portfolios with business objectives.

Ainslie has expertise in biotechnological and chemical technologies, including those involving regenerative medicine and stem cells, oncology, cardiovascular and diabetes models and therapeutics, molecular diagnostics and prognostics, small molecules and biologics, next generation sequencing, and medical devices. She also has experience with clean technologies, including biofuels, biomass conversion and green chemistry and agriculture technologies, including seed genetics, crop nutrients and crop protectants such as microbial-based agriculture biologicals.

Ainslie is a registered patent agent in the United States.

Graham McKinnon, M.Sc.

Owner and Principal, Carbon Patent Group

Graham McKinnon founded his own patent prosecution firm in Toronto in 2010 and opened a Vancouver Office in 2012. Carbon Patents specializes in providing patent advice, particularly to local companies, including start-up companies and academic institutions. Prior to founding Carbon Patents, he worked at a national law firm for about 6 years and also worked in industry spending about 2 years for a small drug development company and another 2 years with a large pharmaceutical company. Graham has a Master’s Degree with honours in Biochemistry from Oxford University (1999) and is registered to practice before the Canadian Patent Office (2004) and the United States Patent Office (2005). He is a member of The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and has spoken internationally about intellectual property. Graham has also collaborated with colleagues to draft legislative changes to the Canadian Patent Act.

Pia-Lauren Reece, Ph.D.

Patent Agent Trainee, Aird & McBurney IP

Pia-Lauren is training in the areas of patent application filing, drafting, prosecution and opinion work. She has a technical background in specialized areas of life sciences and medicine, including cellular biology, biochemistry, diagnostics, therapeutics and immunology.

Pia-Lauren received a doctorate in immunology from McMaster University and went on to investigate early life biomarkers of allergic disease through her work as a postdoctoral fellow at the university. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at conferences held in Canada and abroad.

Sonya Penfold, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Intellectual Property, Luminex Corp