Canada: Patents 2018

In this chapter, we feature 63 practitioners, who are recognised for their considerable expertise as patent litigators and skill in portfolio management and licensing matters.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. David W Aitken Aitken Klee LLP, Ottawa
2. Donald M Cameron Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto
3. Gunars Gaikis Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto
4. Ronald E Dimock DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Toronto
5. Anthony G Creber Gowling WLG, Ottawa
6. Harry Radomski Goodmans LLP, Toronto

IP specialist Bereskin & Parr stands out as the market-leading firm for patent law in Canada this year, with a total of nine practitioners listed.
Donald Cameron is a leading figure for patent law in Canada, and comes highly recommended for his top-tier expertise handling complex litigation.
Robert MacFarlane is a well-established name in the market. He draws effusive praise from peers in Canada this year, who describe him as “a famous patent litigator” and commend his “fantastic work” on disputes before a range of domestic tribunals.
Michael Charles “always gives sound advice”, according to peers who note that clients “appreciate his outstanding contributions” when advising on complex patent litigation proceedings.

Smart & Biggar /Fetherstonhaugh achieves six listings this year, reflecting its position as a go-to firm for patent matters in Canada.
Gunars Gaikis is one of the leading minds in Canada’s patent market, and is described as an “outstanding practitioner”. He wins particular praise for his deep expertise handling patent-related matters for clients in the pharmaceutical sector.
The “excellent” François Guay possesses over 35 years of litigation experience and comes highly recommended by market sources for his expert handling of complex patent and design disputes.
Steven Garland is identified as “an active figure” in the patent market by peers this year and has spent over 25 years in practice as a patent and IP litigator.
Nancy Pei is an “outstanding lawyer” in the patent field according to sources who note she is “excellent on the pharma side of patent law”.

International giant Norton Rose Fulbright counts five of its practitioners listed this year for their excellence in patent matters.
Judith Robinson gains recognition from widespread peers this year who consider her “an amazing patents lawyer” with “an excellent and very active practice in the pharma space”.
Allyson Whyte Nowak is identified by market commentators as “extremely impressive” and “a really up-and-coming name” when it comes to IP and patent litigation.
Patrick Kierans is a well-established name in the patent litigation field in Canada, and “has had a lot of successes in his career” due to his qualities as a “strategic litigator”.
Jordana Sanft is highly commended by respondents this year as “a great litigator” who is “very knowledgeable” when it comes to patent litigation regarding pharmaceutical marks.
Brian Daley is a widely recognised figure in the Canadian market where he stands out for his expert handling of complex patent disputes before trial and appellate tribunals as well as the Supreme Court.

Aitken Klee sees five lawyers nominated in this chapter for their excellent work in the patents space.
David Aitken ranks among the elite of patent lawyers in Canada, and is a favourite among both peers and clients, who describe him as “a top patent litigator” and commend his impressive understanding of both the legal and business issues at hand.
Jonathan Stainsby stands out in the domestic market as “a very impressive practitioner”, who is “excellent” when it comes to handling sophisticated patent litigation proceedings.
Marcus Klee is renowned as “a very senior member of the bar” and an “excellent advocate” among peers in the Canadian market, who praise his superb work on patent litigation in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices areas.

Goodmans performs well achieving four listings in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Harry Radomski is a standout name in the Canadian market who draws high praise from sources as “a really top practitioner” in the patent litigation field.
Richard Naiberg is described as “a great patent litigator”, with over 25 years of experience representing clients from the pharmaceutical and energy sectors before courts and tribunals including the Supreme Court of Canada.
The “excellent” Andrew Brodkin is praised as “a fantastic litigator” by market commentators who commend his extensive experience appearing before Canada’s highest courts.
Dino Clarizio is a well-known name in the Canadian patents space where he impresses market sources with his work handling sophisticated patent litigation and prosecution proceedings.

Gowling WLG receives four listings this year.
Anthony Creber is praise by sources as “a really top name” in the patent field, and is highlighted for his “excellent” litigation practice across the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.
Peers have “a lot of respect” for Christopher Van Barr and commend his extensive experience representing national and international clients from across the IT and pharmaceutical sectors in complex patent disputes.
Patrick Stewart Smith is a well-respected name in the patent market in Canada, and brings considerable expertise as a litigator in the life sciences sector.
John Norman also gains recognition in this chapter for his excellent work advising clients on their patent portfolios as well as patent litigation.

Torys also performs well this year, with a total of three listings.
Andrew Shaughnessy is “very active in the market” according to respondents, who praise his considerable expertise as a patent litigator in Canada’s federal courts.
Eileen McMahon is a well-respected name in Canada’s patent market, and stands out among peers for her significant experience as an IP regulatory expert.
Andrew Bernstein leads the firm’s litigation practice and is well regarded for his first-rate work handling complex patents and copyright disputes.

DLA Piper is home to three practitioners listed this year for their excellence in the patent market in Canada.
Angela Furlanetto is described as “outstanding” as well as “calm and smart” in her approach to patent litigation, in which she offers over 20 years of experience before the federal courts.
Ronald Dimock receives high praise from market commentators this year, who describe him as “certainly at the top of the patent game” and as “a pre-eminent patent lawyer in the market”.
Bruce Stratton is “an excellent lawyer” in Canada’s patent market, who commands over 30 years of experience representing clients in complex patent litigation proceedings.

Andrew Currier at PCK Perry + Currier receives widespread plaudits from both peers and clients who consider him “extremely knowledgeable across multiple jurisdictions” and praise him as “highly strategic and effective” in his approach to patent work.

Trent Horne at Aird & Berlis is regarded by peers as “a top-rated practitioner” in the Canadian patent market who they note is an “extremely thoughtful and thorough litigator”.

Peter Wilcox at Belmore Neidrauer draws praise as an “outstanding” name in the market, and “a strong IP litigator”. His experience spans a range of sectors including oil and gas and pharmaceuticals.
Jason Markwell is described as “a sterling IP litigator” by respondents this year, with extensive experience advising corporations across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

Carol Hitchman at Sprigings Intellectual Property Law is “a top-rated individual” in the Canadian market who is commended as “a brilliant litigator and contributor to the profession”. 
Warren Sprigings stands out among peers for his top-tier work in patent litigation, most notably relating to the pharmaceutical industry.

Christine Pallotta of Borden Ladner Gervais is “an excellent practitioner” according to sources, one of whom notes she “has the highest degree of professionalism and integrity, with the ability and knowledge to guide non-experts effectively in the patent world”.

Sana Halwani at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin “really stands out” to market sources who describe her as “really impressive and extremely capable”. Her practice focuses on patent litigation across the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
Andrew Skodyn is “an excellent lawyer” who provides “smart and balanced” counsel when handling patent litigation across a wide range of industries.

Dominique Hussey from Bennett Jones draws high praise from peers who “think the world of her patent practice”, and describe her as “a highlight in the market”. Her specialty lies in patent litigation and dispute resolution.

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