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Canada: Patents 2017

We recognise 62 leading lawyers for their work in the field of patent law including registration, portfolio management and disputes in numerous industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ronald Dimock DLA Piper, Toronto
2. Harry Radomski Goodmans, Toronto
3. David Aitken Aitken Klee, Toronto
4. Christopher Van Barr Gowling WLG, Toronto
5. Anthony Creber Gowling WLG, Toronto

One of the foremost firms in the Canadian market, BERESKIN & PARR achieves nine listings this year.
Founding partner Daniel Bereskin QC is a dean of the Toronto bar with over 50 years of experience in patents law. He stands out as a highly respected figure in the market.

Michael Charles is recognised for his leading patent practice and his strong record on patent litigation and disputes.
Donald Cameron is an intellectual property guru who frequently advises high-end clients on patent portfolios and patent litigation.
Robert MacFarlane receives high praise for his expertise in patent infringement cases and is regarded by peers as “an excellent litigator”.

Multinational law firm GOWLING WLG sees eight leading lawyers recommended in this chapter.
Anthony Creber is lauded by market commentators for his longstanding experience in the field, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry where he is “very well regarded”.
Christopher Van Barr has an impressive depth of expertise and is recognised as “a star in patent litigation” who is “very easy to deal with”.
Patrick Stewart Smith is a leading light in the field and “a well-known litigator”, particularly in the life sciences sector.
Scott Jolliffe has vast expertise in trials including in appellate courts where clients rely on his superb knowledge and abilities in the courtroom.

Seven practitioners are recognised at SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH.
Gunars Gaikis is highly esteemed in the patents market as one of its foremost practitioners and “a very senior patent litigator”.
The “top-rated” Steven Garland is highly recommended for his excellent patent litigation work across numerous industries as well as his “wonderful, persuasive advocacy style”.
François Guay is one of the standout patent litigators in the country and has acted on leading cases in the field.
Sheldon Hamilton is a dynamic force in the patents field where he has acted for numerous innovative companies in patent infringement litigation. One peer says, “He is one of the best.”

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT achieves five listings in this year’s chapter.
Judith Robinson frequently acts as counsel and lead counsel in patent infringement cases where she is “leading the charge in the IP litigation space”.
Patrick Kierans is one of Canada’s best-known figures in the market and is highly esteemed as “a leading litigator and a great strategist”.

GOODMANS sees four practitioners listed for their expertise in the field.
Harry Radomski receives high praise for his excellent work and his professionalism in a trial setting. One peer remarks, “He’s a first-tier litigator – there's nobody better.”
Richard Naiberg is “a great tactician” and is regularly sought after as counsel for the most high-stakes and complex cases.

Three lawyers are recognised at leading Ontario firm AITKEN KLEE.
David Aitken has longstanding experience handling patent litigation cases. He is recognised as “a senior statesman” and “one of the preeminent litigation lawyers in Canada – someone to call on for a high stakes fight”.
Bill Mayo is a leading figure in patents law who is highly respected for his years in the industry. He receives plaudits as “a superb strategist”.
Jonathan Stainsby is an outstanding patent litigator and is highly regarded in the pharmaceutical space for his expertise in trials at federal court and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

International outfit DLA PIPER also achieves three listings.
Ronald Dimock is a leading figure in patent litigation and has expertise from over 40 years of practice at the highest levels of the Canadian legal system.
Bruce Stratton receives widespread praise for his patent disputes practice which includes representing national and international clients in highly contentious matters relating to software systems and communications.
Angela Furlanetto is frequently called upon for her superb counsel and leading advocacy work in trial proceedings.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN sees three practitioners recognised.
Julie Desrosiers is a leading light representing numerous high-tech companies in patents matters. One peer notes, “She is one of the leaders in the Montreal patent bar, very impressive and a pleasure to work with.”
Marek Nitoslawski is highly sought after for his effective counsel and is regarded as a key figure when it comes to litigation and the protection of patents.
Marie Lafleur receives plaudits for her work in the pharmaceutical patents space and is recognised as one of Canada’s best lawyers in the field.

Three practitioners are recognised at TORYS.
Andrew Shaughnessy is a highly regarded patent litigator and is revered within the market for his courtroom skills and ability to get results.
Andrew Bernstein is a highly accomplished and well-respected practitioner in the patents market and is highlighted as a leader in the disputes space.
Eileen McMahon comes highly recommended for her “many, many years in the patents arena” where she boasts a market-leading practice.

Highly esteemed boutique SPRIGINGS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW sees two lawyers listed.
Carol Hitchman receives praise for her litigation skills and her depth of experience before all levels of the federal and Ontario court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Founding partner Warren Sprigings has 25 years of experience practising in the patents space; he is esteemed for his sharp legal mind and market knowledge.

BELMORE NEIDRAUER achieves two listings.
Peter Wilcox is recognised for his outstanding work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation and is praised as “a very good lawyer and great to work with”.
Jason Markwell is “one to watch” and very well regarded in matters of patent infringement and validity actions. 

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