Agenda

“The Changing Business of IP””

The nature and pace of the practice of IP are being fundamentally transformed by advances in technology, and the increasing sophistication of clients. Cost-saving options which are available for clients from online trademark services and national-entry streamlining services are attracting ever-larger portions of the market. In the legal area, using automated legal advice like IBM Watson on the internet, one can already get legal advice on general topics within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. Practitioners need to provide smarter, more specialized services, such as freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligence searches for asset acquisitions, and competitive intelligence for clients, by adopting new tools to maintain a competitive edge for their firm’s prosperity and profitability, and many are currently available, particularly in the area of market and filing analytics.

Other business pressures are affecting bottom lines, such as mounting pressures for fee discounts and alternate billing arrangements, escalating client demands on firm infrastructure, such as billing and cybersecurity, and reduced client loyalty. Firms need to cope with these enhanced demands and marketplace challenges in order to manage client expectations in a world of instant communications.

The theme of the Patski 2017 business sessions  will therefore be “The Changing Business of IP”.

Sunday, March 5, 2017  

OPENING RECEPTION 5:00pm-7:00pm

Join us in the Library of the Nita Lake Lodge. Registrants and Accompanying Persons will get to know each other, pick up registration materials, be informed of the events of the week and get a brief overview of the mountains.

 Monday, March 6, 2017

Breakfast (delegates only) 8:00am Ballroom, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION 8:30-10:30am

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

WELCOME DINNER:  7:00pm Join us in the Aura Restaurant at the Nita Lake Lodge  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Breakfast (delegates only) 7:00am Ballroom, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION  7:30-9:30am

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

DINNER– 7:00pm 

Details are in the works for a fun theme based evening.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PATSKI FUN RACE   10:00am

Join us at the Pontiac Race Centre on Blackcomb Mountain for a fun, recreational race. This is fun for skiers/boarders of all abilities. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest and best matched times.

APRÈS-SKI BUSINESS SESSION  4:00-6:00pm

DINNERDinner is on your own in one of Whistler’s many fine restaurants.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Breakfast (delegates only) 7:00am Ballroom, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION  7:30-9:30am

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

FAREWELL DINNER 7:00pm

Our final evening will be a time to relax, swap ski stories and the annual awards presentations. Who will win the coveted “Best Crash” this year?  Dress is smart casual.  Dinner will be at the local’s favourite and Patski favourite, The Rim Rock Cafe.