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Free Seminar: Learn How to Manage IP & SR&ED to Boost Corporate Value

When it comes to intellectual property (IP) and Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits, CFOs must constantly assess the value of the services that they receive in exchange for engagement fees. Making this assessment can be challenging to the point of frustrating. CFOs must keep the bigger picture of overall financial health of their organization, while dealing with a complex management regime consisting of CTOs and CMOs. Further challenges arise due to complex and opaque billing practices by law firms and SR&ED consultation firms.

Agenda for SR&ED:

  • Basic overview
  • Tracking experimentation for CRA compliance
  • Labour tracking for CRA compliance
  • Integrating SR&ED intro tracking systems
  • Setting up a strategy

Agenda for Intellectual Property:

  • Basic overview of IP regimes
  • Identifying points of differences in your business
  • Selecting an appropriate IP regime that provides a barrier to entry for those points of difference
  • Setting an IP strategy for your company
  • Setting an IP management committee
  • Business case criteria for IP filings
  • Setting fee schedules and billing practices to maximize transparency and accountability

Event details:

Speakers:
Gerry Fung, CPA CMA, P.Eng.
VP of Business Services at NorthBridge Consultants

Andrew Currier, BSEE, LL.B., P.Eng.
CEO of Perry + Currier Inc.

Date & Time:
Friday, 22 September 2017 from
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

* Eligible for substantive hours

Location:
PCK Perry + Currier Inc.
500-1300 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3
Canada (MAP LINK)

Register Online 

For more information please contact:

 NorthBridge Consultants
1-519-623-2486 x230
ela@northbridgeconsultants.com

or

PCK IP
1-416-920-8170 x136
low@pckip.com

December 1 Toronto Seminar Reminder: Leveraging Your SR&ED to Reduce Patent Application Costs

In today’s competitive and data-driven business environment, the importance of protecting your intellectual property is higher than ever.

Exploiting synergies between SR&ED/IRAP and patent applications can save time and resources.

Many people don’t realize that significant parallels exist between what is required for a SR&ED/IRAP filing and for a patent filing. Join experts from Northbridge Consultants, a professional engineering firm and subject matter expert on government funding, and PCK, a leading boutique intellectual property firm, to find out how you can efficiently combine your SR&ED/IRAP and patent application processes.

The seminar will include a discussion about the requirements for the SR&ED and IRAP programs, about the fundamentals of intellectual property protection, and about how the application process for each filing can be combined into a single process, allowing you to coordinate actionable tasks with relevant time periods.

Agenda:

  • Introduction to government funding (SR&ED/IRAP)
  • Introduction to fundamentals of intellectual property protection
  • Explanation of how to process SR&ED applications in parallel with patent applications
  • Case studies (Using a SR&ED technical narrative to write a patent)
  • Discussion; questions and answers

Speakers:

Gerry Fung  CPA, CMA, P.Eng.
Vice President, Business Services at NorthBridge Consulting Services Inc.

Andrew Currier  BSEE, LL.B., P.Eng.
Co-Founder and CEO of PCK | Perry + Currier Inc. | Currier + Kao LLP

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Location:
PCK
500-1300 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3

Booking/ Registration:
Please RSVP online by December 1, 2016.

Is a Canadian Patent Box System on the Horizon?

With the process of implementing a ‘patent box’ system ongoing in Quebec, much attention has been given recently to such a system across Canada to address our innovation gap—despite possessing one of the highest rates for R&D tax credits, Canada is lagging behind other leading developed countries when it comes to introducing innovation.

A patent box system is intended to foster the commercialization of intellectual property by reducing the percentage of tax applied to profits resulting from patented innovations. In contrast to SR&ED tax credits, which target the front end of the innovation lifecycle, a patent box regime targets commercialization, the last stage of the lifecycle. Therefore a patent box has the potential to mesh well with the SR&ED program to promote the entire R&D process.

The federal implementation of a patent box, however, would be neither straightforward nor cheap. The development of a robust framework would be required to determine the validity of claims and criteria for eligibility.

Many patent box systems have been introduced in developed countries within the last decade, especially in Europe. The UK program, for example, began in 2013 and reduces corporate tax on profit broadly related to the invention, from 22% to 10%. The Netherlands has had an innovation box system since 2007, which now encompasses a similarly broad range of IP, with a tax rate reduced from 25% to 5%.

Beginning in 2017, Quebec’s “innovative companies deduction” will allow revenue from innovation developed in the province to be taxed at 4% rather than 11.8%. The limitations to eligibility are an effort to keep the benefits of the tax reductions to companies based in Quebec. Other provinces, such as Saskatchewan, could be following suit soon.

While it is currently unknown when, or if, a Canada-wide patent box system is forthcoming, one thing that remains certain is that the debate on the need, benefit, and cost of the program will continue.  NorthBridge Consultants is dedicated to bringing you the most recent news and updates on various federal and provincial programs and will continue to provide updates on the topic of patent boxes as they become available.

Upcoming Seminar- Leveraging SR&ED to Reduce Patent Application Costs

Exploiting synergies between SR&ED/IRAP and patent applications can save time and resources

Many people don’t realize that significant parallels exist between what is required for a SRED/IRAP filing and for a patent filing. Join experts from Northbridge Consultants, a professional engineering firm and subject matter expert on government funding, and PCK, a leading boutique intellectual property firm, and find out how you can efficiently combine your SRED/IRAP and patent application processes.  The seminar will include a discussion about the requirements for the SRED and IRAP programs, about the fundamentals of intellectual property protection, and about how the application process for each filing can be combined into a single process, allowing you to coordinate actionable tasks within relevant time periods. [ Register now for this free seminar]

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seminar location: 

Treehaus Collaborative Workspace
79 Joseph Street
Kitchener, Ontario

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Speakers:

andrewcurrier

Andrew Currier, BSEE, LL.B., P.Eng.
Co-Founder and CEO
PCK | Perry + Currier Inc. | Currier + Kao LLP
Ph: 519-883-0035 x109
Email: currier@pckip.com

Gerry_WP

Gerry Fung, CPA, CMA, P.Eng.
Group Manager, Business Services
NorthBridge Consulting Services Inc.
Ph: 519-623-2486 x242
Email: gerry@northbridgeconsultants.com

 

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