Canada: Patent Agents 2017

We recognise 57 leading figures in this chapter for their abilities in patent drafting, prosecution, portfolio management and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Robert Storey Bereskin & Parr, Montreal
2. Konrad Sechley Gowling WLG, Vancouver
3. Stephen Perry PCK Perry + Currier Inc (PCK IP), Toronto
4. Roseann Caldwell Bennett Jones, Edmonton
5. David Schwartz Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto

GOWLING WLG is the clear leader in the patent agent space this year with 20 practitioners listed.
Konrad Sechley is highly distinguished in the life sciences sector where he has over two decades of experience.
James Longwell is a national leader in the patents field and one of Canada’s most trusted practitioners.
Clare Salisbury has almost 20 years of experience in patent portfolio management where she is often instructed for her skills across numerous industries including energy, life sciences and manufacturing.
Stephen  Ferance specialises in patent prosecution and portfolio management, particularly in the high-tech sector where he is incredibly esteemed.
Mark Sprigings is recognised as a leading figure in patent procurement and drafting where he is highly sought after for his strong industry expertise.
Peter  Milne is an expert in trademark prosecution. He is considered an industry expert and boasts over 25 years’ experience in the space. 
Brian Kingwell is a “very well-known” and highly regarded patent agent with a depth of expertise in information technology law.
Selena Kim is a leading light in the space whose expertise runs the whole gamut of patent-related matters.
Brian Lee is a patent protection guru with a superb record of acting in IP due diligence matters and managing patent disputes.
Eminent patent agent Anita Nador impresses market commentators with her superb expertise in strategy and regulatory matters. She is a highly respected figure in the national market.
Gloria His specialises in patent prosecution, an area in which she is regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished experts.

BERESKIN & PARR sees eight patent agents recommended for their outstanding work in the field.
Robert Storey is one of Canada’s foremost patent agents and a leading figure in the industry. He specialises in protection and enforcement where he is frequently instructed.
The “excellent” Micheline Gravelle is recognised as “a leader in the biotech space” and a specialist particularly when it comes to new technologies.
Patricia Folkins heads the chemical practice group where she is widely respected for her expertise in preparing and prosecuting patent applications.

At SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH seven leading names are listed.
David Schwartz has practiced in the field of patent law for over 20 years and enjoys an excellent reputation in the market. One peer notes, “He is a highly experienced practitioner with a deep knowledge of matters relating to biotechnology. He always provides clear and thorough advice and drills right down to the bottom of a case.”
Matthew Zischka is frequently sought after for his ability to secure patents for his clients and advise them on the most effective route, during which he provides excellent counsel.
Daphne Lainson draws high praise for her record of securing patent protection and is recommended as “very knowledgeable and client-friendly”.

Boutique outfit MARKS & CLERK achieves four listings.
Grant Lynds is “certainly a leader in the practice area” and has vast expertise in patent and industrial design prosecution alongside patent litigation.
Ian Clark is one of Canada’s foremost patent agents noted particularly for his work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemistry. He is commended by clients for his excellent work and high level of service.

Three patent agents are recognised at BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON.
Brett Slaney is a highly accomplished patent agent with expertise in drafting and prosecution. He is noted as “good in electrical aspects, with a brilliant all-round knowledge”.
Santosh Chari receives accolades from peers for his patent protection, prosecution and infringement and validity expertise which he deploys with a highly strategic approach.
John Orange is a leader in the field of mechanical and electrical patent enforcement where he is extremely well known.

Full-service domestic IP practice RIDOUT & MAYBEE sees two listings in this chapter.
Elliott Gold receives high praise for his patent preparation and prosecution expertise alongside a distinguished record in handling opposition proceedings.
Mitchell Charness is revered for his academic knowledge of the patents space and for his excellent abilities in patent licensing and litigation.

Stephen Perry, founder of PCK PERRY + CURRIER is a leading light in the patents field. One peer effuses: “He's done a lot for the profession. He's a thoughtful agent who has very good judgement.”

Roseann Caldwell at BENNETT JONES is recognised as “number one in the field” for her patent expertise and operates across both the Canadian and US markets.

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