April 19, 2016 WebIPHour
12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Best IP Protection Strategies for Wearable Tech Development
Louis-Pierre Gravelle, Attorney, Engineer & Patent Agent in Canada and the United States - Partner at Robic, LLP
Louis-Pierre Gravelle specializes in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and providing patentability, validity, infringement and right to manufacture opinions in the fields of electricity, telecommunications, mechanicals and information technology.
He is a registered patent agent in Canada and in the United States since 1998.
In addition to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, Louis-Pierre Gravelle is involved in due diligence matters and in managing patent portfolio. He is also involved in strategic counselling for medium and large-sized businesses.
He completed his studies at University of Ottawa, where he obtained a Bachelor in Applied Sciences, Electrical Engineering (B. Sc. A) in 1991, a Bachelor in Civil Law (LL.L.) in 1994 and a Bachelor in Common Law (LL.B.) in 1995.
He is named by Best Lawyers among the most remarkable laywers in Montréal in intellectual property since 2012.
Member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Louis-Pierre was called to the Québec Bar in 1995. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ).
Louis-Pierre Gravelle is past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and co-president of the Joint Liaison Committee – Patents between the Patent office and the profession. He is also a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)'s Q222 Standards and Patents Committee and a Councillor for FICPI Canada.
Taking the pulse of the tech community shows us that the initial hype and futuristic curiosity associated with wearable tech is slowly fading away, making way for more down-to-earth considerations. What was once a wearable technology melting pot is now starting to settle as very distinct types of technologies that one can wear to improve personal quality of life, monitor health, assist with dangerous professional tasks or, let’s admit it, to simply look fashionable, have evolved. Intellectual property (IP) protection has been and will continue to be a very important aspect of wearable tech development, in order to protect technology and to fight competitors who infringe it. IP assets are notably at the center of public fights between Fitbit and Jawbone, or between Valencell, Fitbit and Apple, just to name a few. The key for wearable tech developers is to identify which elements to protect with IP assets, and which elements of know-how and confidential information they want to keep a trade secret, in order to keep their competitive edge longer, but at a greater risk of divulgation without protection.