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Canada: Patents Agents 2016

In Canada’s large IP market we recognise 59 patent agents. The following individuals are disciplined in technical fields such as technology and science, and are also qualified before the Canadian Patent Office so as to be able to prepare, file and prosecute patent applications on behalf of clients. 

Gowling WLG tops our listings with 21 individuals. Clare Salisbury has a strong portfolio of clients from the agriculture, clean energy, biotechnology, composite materials, universities, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors. Respondents say her experience and technical knowledge makes her “a go-to” in the market. Selena Kim’s practice covers both patent litigation and prosecution; observers call her “very skilled and highly intelligent”. Konrad Sechley tops our research for his expertise in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Toronto IP department head James Longwell is known as “a terrific practitioner with a top practice in computer and IT patent prosecution.” Brian Kingwell’s standout practice covers the life sciences and energy sectors. Respondents describe him as “thorough and practical”. Stephen Ferance is a very popular patent agent among clients in the high-tech sector. Trevor Newton impresses clients in the life sciences industry, one of whom notes that he is “extremely capable, meticulously organised, punctual and professional.” Hans Schroeder handles the portfolios of numerous high-profile pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies. “He is an extremely good chemical guy,” remarks one peer. Christopher Van Barr handles both litigation and prosecution matters for life sciences and tech clients. One source summarises, “He’s very smart and highly conversant with his subject area.” Constance Too has 20 years of expertise in enforcement and prosecution in the chemical and mechanical fields, accordingly respondents state that “she has an excellent reputation and has built a very fine practice”. Grant Tisdall leads the firm’s tech group in Toronto and provides strategic advice in that area to a global client base, with clients appreciating his “responsiveness and excellent attention to detail”. Doak Horne is dual-registered in Canada and the US, filing and prosecuting patents before the patent office in both jurisdictions. He is seen as excellent choice with a strong background in mechanical engineering and over 25 years’ of private practice. The “first-rate” John Harris has a broad practice but is particularly strong in the high-tech area, say peers. Peter Milne is a senior practitioner, who one source likes for being “very thorough” and “very clear in his wording”, and “having an excellent knowledge base”. Benoit Yelle is seen as a top choice for computer and telecommunication inventions. Anthony Creber has exceptional expertise in the area, particularly in pharmaceutical and biotech matters.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh prominence is attested by 10 well-regarded patent agents in a variety of fields. Ronald Faggetter is considered a leading figure in electrical and mechanical-related patent filing and prosecution with decades of practice and an international reputation. Elliott Simcoe is very active and well regarded for handing prosecution matters in Canada and managing worldwide patent portfolios for electrical and computer related inventions. Yoon Kang leads the firm’s life sciences offering in Toronto and is well known in this space with peers calling her “intelligent and very hardworking”. David Schwartz is also recognised for his expertise in life sciences matters where his technical knowledge is regarded as “top-notch” by respondents.

Bereskin & Parr’s offering is strong with such practitioners as Robert Storey, who is highly regarded in mechanical and industrial design. One client summarises: “His expertise, reliability and responsiveness is something that makes him one of the best practitioners in his field. He takes his duty as a lawyer to another level.” Philip Mendes da Costa heads the mechanical and industrial processes practice group, and is highly praised for his patent prosecution offering, with clients attesting that he is “extremely responsive to all inquiries”. Carmela DeLuca is highly rated for her life sciences expertise, with one source noting that she “takes time to explain the legal pros and cons in building an application and advising on responses to patent office actions”. Victor Krichker is active in a broad area of patent prosecution, earning particular praise for his electrical and computer technology practice. He reportedly does “a terrific job” and his “communications are clear and effective” to his clients. Head of the chemical practice group Patricia Folkins impressed a client in the therapeutics area with her ability to handle highly complex filing strategies and her “strong attention to detail”.

Blake Cassels & Graydon’s excellent outfit includes the “excellent” Santosh Chari, who is recognised for filing and prosecution for life sciences and tech clients. Alongside him, Brett Slaney handles patent prosecution and portfolio management for inventions in the software, electrical, and mechanical fields. A source points to his “exceptional expertise and understanding of the technologies being developed”.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Christopher Hunter is known for drafting and prosecuting patents in the software, telecommunications, electronics and medical device sectors. He is highly rated for his “excellent technical expertise and easy manner”.

Among Marks & Clerk’s nominees Ian Clark stands out for his expertise in the life sciences sector. Respondents find him “clear, practical and easy to work with”.

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