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Intellectual Property: Why should I care?

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The CryptoWorks21 program is excited to host this IP Management Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. The first kick-off lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 14th in QNC1501 from Noon to 1pm.

It is open to all members of CryptoWorks21, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR). Space is limited, please RSVP to Chin Lee by this Thursday, Feb 9th.


Intellectual Property Management and Laws are to the Information Technology Revolution what Labour Management and Laws were to the Industrial Revolution. Each permits society to manage and benefit from a period of extraordinary scientific discovery and development. The inventor or entrepreneur who ignores these laws is the master of his own demise.


Tom Hunter is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office and practises in the areas of corporate, commercial and technology law. He is the former co-chair of the firm's Tech Group, and past department head of the Waterloo Region Business Law Group.

His particular areas of focus include assisting entrepreneurs and owner operators with startup and growth-oriented companies, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and all aspects of technology commercialization.

Tom is the past chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary's General Hospital and the past chair of the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. He is the current co-chair of the Resurrection Catholic Secondary School Parent Council.

He is also actively involved with the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of Waterloo.

Tom's community service also includes board, volunteer and pro bono activity with many other local organizations, including St. Paul's United College at the University of Waterloo, K-W Counselling Inc., KW Oktoberfest, United Way, University of Guelph, Numus Inc., Waterloo Minor Hockey and Soccer, Kidslink, K-W Symphony, Waterloo Community Arts Centre, Waterloo Recreation Complex and the John M. Harper District Library.