PCK values the time spent on providing pro bono legal services for those in need. We believe donating our time is a critical investment in innovation and is instrumental in supporting the advancement of research and commercialization. This is also important for achieving the far-reaching results that such investment provides for all. Moreover, providing pro bono legal services is essential to the professional development of our team.
PCK’s Startup Program is committed to assisting new companies at the most critical stage in growth by developing tools required to protect and grow businesses. We enjoy providing no charge in-person consultations to the community at accelerator programs such as Velocity, the University of Waterloo, DMZ Ryerson, York University and others. We also regularly conduct free in-house seminars on a variety of topics including “Write Your Own Provisional Patent Application”, “Strong Trademarks for Lean Startups” and “Branding and Trademarks”.
PCK is proud to announce that it will be supporting the 2017 University of Waterloo Velocity Fund Finals by providing a prize of $5,000 in intellectual property (IP) legal services to each of the four startup winners, in each of the three competitions this year, which amounts to a $60,000 annual contribution to the Velocity and Waterloo startup ecosystems.
“We believe strongly in supporting Canadian startups and our future technology and business leaders,” stated Andrew Currier, CEO, PCK. “In Ontario, young entrepreneurs are increasingly realizing the benefits of creating their own jobs and, by learning about IP alongside our agents and lawyers, they will have a better understanding of how to develop their businesses and enter high-growth markets.” In addition to the prize contribution, PCK will continue to mentor and guide new ventures through patent, trademark and other IP counsel at its weekly on-site free clinic.