WE-CAN: First Things First: Landmines to Avoid When Developing Inventions


Tuesday June 2, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop
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About this Event

Did you know you can save valuable time, money and effort by addressing “First Things First” when it comes to creating a new product or invention?

If you’re a woman entrepreneur with an idea for a new product or invention, join us for this valuable online session with patent agent Angela Lyon of Queen's Partnerships & Innovation.

This hour-long session will cover the following topics:

  • Determining if your idea is “known” or “not yet known”
  • Naming your company
  • Naming your product
  • How to do a trademark search
  • Understanding a NUANS search
  • How to know when you should file a patent application
  • The patent application process

“First Things First” is intended to be an information session only and should not be considered as an alternative to individual company advice on intellectual property.

NOTE: Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session approximately two hours before the event.


Angela Lyon brings years of experience in chemical patent practice to her role of Patent Agent at Queen’s University’s technology transfer office. Her role is to prepare and prosecute patent applications worldwide for Queen’s inventions.

She also lends her guidance and expertise to new companies and to students of the Queen’s Innovation Connector and Master of Entrepreneurship programs.

Angela has a BScH and MSc (Chemistry) from Queen’s University. She is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.