Natalie Giroux to speak at Communitech AMA Event: Why the Early Bird Always Wins at IP

Join Natalie Giroux, Managing Director at Stratford Intellectual Property, and Neil Henderson, Partner at Gowling WLG, as they answer your questions on early-stage IP strategy at the upcoming “Ask me anything: Why the Early Bird Always Wins at IP” event at Communitech. The virtual event will be held over Zoom on March 9 from 2pm-3pm.

Are you an early-stage startup still working to transform your ideas into prototypes? It’s not too early to think about intellectual property (IP). In this Ask Me Anything session, you’ll learn the ins and outs of early-stage IP protections and why there’s no such thing as too soon when it comes to protecting your intellectual property.

Know you need help getting started with IP, but you don’t know where to start or what questions you should ask? Take this short IP Strategy Assessment prepared by IP strategy experts from Stratford Intellectual Property to see what things you could be missing.


About the Speakers
Natalie Giroux

Natalie founded an intellectual property consulting practice at Stratford in 2009. Stratford Intellectual Property is now a full-service patent agency as a separate business unit of Stratford. She is a pragmatic achiever with over 25 years of experience in the areas of strategic intellectual property management, network performance engineering, traffic management, technical due diligence. 

Throughout her career she has combined deep technical knowledge with business insight and leadership skills to serve a variety of leading-edge start-up and large companies. Prior to acting as the Chief Scientist and IP strategist for Gridpoint Systems, she was a partner at Skypoint Capital where she provided support to the portfolio companies in the implementation of effective intellectual property strategies and managed patent litigations. 

Neil Henderson

Neil Henderson is an intellectual property lawyer and partner in the Waterloo Region and Toronto offices of Gowling WLG. Registered as a patent and trademark agent in both Canada and the U.S., he delivers strategic legal advice on all matters related to IP portfolio management, particularly to clients in the technology and advanced research sectors.

With comprehensive expertise in IP procurement and enforcement strategy, Neil offers services spanning initial patentability and use/registration searches and opinions through to the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications.