Lifecycle of a smart idea | How privilege can be used to protect your innovations and products

57 minute read
28 April 2022

Once the lifecycle of a smart idea begins, talks within your company involving the in-house legal department (should you have one) also start. Are these communications confidential or protected against disclosure? How far does privilege extend to protect a company's innovations and products? These are the complicated questions in-house lawyers often have on their minds as the process unfolds.

In this on-demand webinar, we provide guidance on the availability of privilege in different jurisdictions, and also tackle questions based-on common real-life situations. We deal with issues such as:

  • How do legal advice privilege and litigation privilege differentiate?
  • What constitutes legal privilege in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe?
  • To what extent are communications with in-house patent attorneys privileged?


  • Gordon Harris - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Hongsun Yoon - Director & Senior IP Counsel, LG Electronics
  • Michael Crichton - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Huw Evans - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Déborah Fournet - Legal Director, Gowling WLG
  • Ivy Liang - Legal Director, Gowling WLG
  • Jon Parker - Partner, Gowling WLG

Watch previous episodes

This is the 20th installment in our Lifecycle of a Smart Idea series, dedicated to helping you maximise opportunity and minimise risk when taking innovative ideas to the global market. Watch more from the series »

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*This program is eligible for up to one hour of Professionalism content with the LSO, one hour of Ethics content with the Law Society of BC, and one hour of substantive CPD credits with the Barreau du Québec.If you require a certificate of participation please contact Shannon Wadsworth.

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