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Norton Rose Fulbright and U of T Law collaborate with Innovation Law Clinic

October 4, 2013

TORONTO, ON — Norton Rose Fulbright and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (U of T Law) are pleased to announce their collaboration in the Innovation Law Clinic (ILC) at MaRS Discovery District. The ILC is a unique student clinic dedicated to providing high quality business and IP legal services to start up and early-stage businesses. Students’ work will be supervised by Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers, who will provide their Canadian and global expertise in all aspects of innovation law.

The ILC will be staffed by select upper year U of T Law students with business and science backgrounds and an interest in entrepreneurship. Most clinic clients will be from several sources that are supported by Norton Rose Fulbright’s innovation practice.

Anthony de Fazekas, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto said: “This is how innovation can happen in Canada. Working together, the academic, professional and entrepreneurial worlds can create new opportunities for all partners. The clinic reflects how we work with innovation clients at our firm and how we collaborate with other leaders in the area.”

Mayo Moran, James Marshall Tory Chair and dean at University of Toronto Faculty of Law, said: “We are proud to partner with Norton Rose Fulbright and MaRS to bring another experiential learning clinic to our law students. Innovation law is a rapidly growing, exciting new legal area. Our students will be engaged in the vibrancy of the tech world while learning from among the legal leaders in the field.”

U of T Law students will work directly with Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers in advising and assisting start up clients with the business, IP and employment law issues they face. Students will experience the unique features of advising entrepreneurial clients. Entrepreneurs admitted to participate in the ILC will receive high value advice at no cost, as well as access to Norton Rose Fulbright’s connections to funding and commercialization partners.

Norton Rose Fulbright senior partner Richard Sutin will lead the ILC. Richard is co-chair of the firm’s Canadian cleantech team and a past member of the advisory committee to the Ontario Securities Commission. For more information, see U of T Law’s Clinical Legal Education Innovation Law Clinic at MaRS: Advising Entrepreneurs and Innovators.

For more information, contact:

Lucianna Ciccocioppo, director, external relations
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Tel: +1 416 946 0334
lucianna.ciccocioppo@utoronto.ca

Peter Zvanitajs, senior public relations advisor
Norton Rose Fulbright
Tel: +1 416 216 1871; Mob: +1 416 553 5789
peter.zvanitajs@nortonrosefulbright.com