Uncovering trends and strategies for intellectual property (IP) protection

Join a panel of IP lawyers, entrepreneurs, and representatives from the U of T Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) for a wide-ranging discussion about artificial intelligence’s transformative impact in revolutionizing the landscape of chemical research and development. We will discuss tech transfer offices’ pivotal role in commercializing and supporting Chemical AI projects and explore strategies for navigating the legal intricacies of patenting and protecting these AI-driven innovations. The interactive session will also spotlight success stories and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and startups in this space.

The first half of this event will be a deep dive into key trends and themes in this area. The second half is an off-the-record “Ask Me Anything” where founders, inventors, researchers and scientists can share their candid questions with the panel in a safe environment.


  • Patricia Folkins, Partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Reshika Dhir, Partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Hugo Bohorquez, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Computational Chemistry & Chemoinformatics, Drug Discovery Program
  • Tamara O’Connell, Patent Portfolio Manager, Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)

Entrepreneurs, inventors, faculty, and researchers interested in IP considerations related to chemical AI and commercialization in fields such as drug discovery, new materials and more!


This event is part of the ongoing workshops supplementing learnings from U of T’s IP Education Program, an accessible free, online training program designed to equip learners with a broad foundation in intellectual property. If you are a student, staff, faculty, or alumni with an active UTORID, find out more about this free online program, including how to register, here.


This  session is open to the public. Those who are outside of the University of Toronto community can register by setting up an account. You can do this by clicking ‘sign in’ (top right) to create an account (or login via Google or other integrated login). Once your account is created, click back on the registration link and click ‘register’.