E-Commerce, Algorithms, Big Data, Consumer Deception and Protection Expert Panel @ University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
Feb 6 @ 12:00 – 14:00

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Panel Discussion 12:00-2:00 pm
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Moot Court
Open to the Public 
See registration below

Followed by a workshop
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (by invitation only)

E-commerce is becoming the norm for the vast majority of consumers. Goods and services can be advertised, ordered and delivered through powerful algorithms that standardize transactions while also personalizing the customer experience in unprecedented ways. The proposition is highly seductive as it provides increased efficiency, convenience, access to information, without neglecting improved bottom line for suppliers. Along the way, what are prevailing online business practices? (e.g., the collection and use of our personal data) How much do we know or should have the right to know about such practices? How are those business practices changing our relationship to products, suppliers, to standards of transparency, access to relevant information, fair practices, privacy, safety, and ultimately our identity? Are consumers more likely to be deceived? Are market forces robust enough to ensure fair and secure transactions or are consumers left to their own devices? How does the law of the state ensure that consumers are adequately protected? Should we do more?


  • Niva Elkin-Koren, Founding Director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT), Co-Director of the Center for Cyber, Law, and Policy, Professor, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. Will discuss the potential benefits and harm for consumers of digital assistants (or the “algorithmic consumers”). 
  • Vance Lockton – Strategic Policy and Research Analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Will discuss the role of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada with respect to specific privacy issues arising in e-commerce. 
  • Lina Nikolova – Competition Law Officer, Competition Bureau Canada. Will discuss the role of the Competition Bureau of Canada to protect consumers against deceptive e-commerce practices. 
  • Marina Pavlovic, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Will discuss various policy options on the regulation of e-commerce in the new digital AI era. 
  • Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law, Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Will discuss the legal implications of the practice of scraping publicly accessible platform data by/from e-commerce platforms
  • Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Will chair the panel discussion and will discuss the implications for consumers of price discrimination as one example of an online business practice that may require more scrutiny.




(For Panel Discussion 12pm-2pm; light lunch will be served)

ATRIP Essay Competition 2018
Feb 15 @ 23:59 – 23:59
ATRIP Essay Competition 2018

ATRIP’s Executive Committee is proud to launch its annual essay completion for your researchers in intellectual property law. The competition is sponsored by the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).


Papers may be submitted in French or English. Entries must be submitted to admin@atrip.org no later than 15 February 2019.


The author of the first place paper will be invited to give a presentation as a speaker at the 2019 ATRIP annual Congress to be held in Nashville, Tennessee (August 25 to 28, 2019).


For more information: ATRIP ESSAY COMPETITION 2018 Eng French final



2019 International Patent Drafting Competition @ Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan.
Feb 23 all day
2019 International Patent Drafting Competition @ Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan.

The 4th annual International Patent Drafting Competition will be held February 23, 2019 at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan.


*this is an invite only event

Innovation and Regulation in the Emerging Cannabis Industry- Hosted by Windsor Law LTEC Lab and WIPIT @ Windsor Law, Moot Court
Mar 6 @ 12:00 – 13:30

The panel will consist of an expert patent agent, a representative from industry, and a scholar in the field of cannabis regulation.


More information will be available soon.

Trademark Hack-A-Thon @ University of Windsor, EPICentre
Mar 29 @ 12:00 – 16:00

Confirmed Participants: Alexis Black (Canadian Intellectual Property Office), Jim Hinton (Principal, Own Innovation), Michal Kasprowicz (DLA Piper)

More details to come.