Canada: Patent Agents 2018

In this chapter we highlight 46 impressive patent agents who are recognised for their outstanding work in patent drafting, prosecution, portfolio management and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stephen Perry PCK Perry + Currier Inc (PCK IP), Toronto
2. Konrad A Sechley Gowling WLG, Vancouver
3. Roseann Caldwell Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary
4. Anna Wilkinson Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Toronto

Full-service firm Gowling WLG performs well with 14 nominations in this chapter.
Konrad Sechley stands out as one of the foremost patent agents in the country. He is “a very well-known practitioner and biotech expert in the patent field”, who is “a good agent for start-ups”, according to peers.
Brian Kingwell is “a famous name in the field” according to sources. He commands over 20 years of experience in patent prosecution and portfolio advisory services.
Doak Horne ranks prominently for his excellence in patent prosecution and patent infringement matters, as well as patent filing. He possesses over 25 years of experience in this field.
Peter Milne is described as “a very good agent” by market commentators, whose practice focuses on a wide array of patent prosecution matters.
James Longwell is commended by peers for his particular expertise in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to computer software, hardware and telecommunications technology.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh achieves eight listings in this year’s research.
David Schwartz is a favourite among clients who praise him as “a very knowledgeable, diligent and proactive practitioner” who possesses “great communication skills and is a pleasure to work with.”
John Knox is a standout figure in the Canadian market, who is noted for his considerable expertise in patent and industrial design protection of electrical, electronic and computing inventions.
Matthew Zischka has extensive experience representing international corporations and law firms regarding complex patent issues, most notably prosecution.
Christopher Robinson is highly commended by peers in the US and Canada for his excellence in patent procurement matters within the life sciences sector.
The “outstanding” Daphne Lainson is lauded by peers for her impressive knowledge and client service-oriented approach. She specialises in patent protection matters in the life sciences sector. 

Bereskin & Parr receives four listings this year.
Micheline Gravelle is considered “an excellent practitioner” by peers in the Canadian market, and is highlighted for her “in depth biotechnology knowledge”.
Respondents praise Patricia Folkins as a “top-notch” name in the market, with clients “impressed with her attention to detail”. Her practice speciality lies in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the life sciences sector.

Ridout & Maybee achieves three listings this year.
Ken Bousfield is considered “excellent” by market commentators in the domestic market. His practice focuses on patent applications in the mechanical and electromechanical fields.
Mitchell Charness is a respected figure among peers who describe him as “very practical”. His practice spans patents, trademarks and litigation.
Elliott Gold also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive work handling a range of IP matters from patents to copyright and related litigation.

Stephen Perry at PCK Perry + Currier Inc tops our rankings this year and is lauded by peers in Canada as a “remarkable” patent specialist. He commands over 30 years of expertise in the field, and focuses primarily on managing IP portfolios for technology firms.

Roseann Caldwell at Bennett Jones is a “well-known” name in the patent agent market. She is registered as both a US and Canadian patent agent, and focuses on mechanical, chemical and biochemical technologies.

Anna Wilkinson at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada draws high praise from peers in the market as “a top-rated practitioner” when it comes to patents law and “a very accomplished prosecutor”.

Brett Slaney at Blake Cassels & Graydon received widespread plaudits from respondents who recommend him for his strong knowledge regarding electrical patents.

Omar Nassif at Gilbert’s is lauded by respondents as “a big picture thinker” when it comes to patent law. He is well acquainted in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and managing international patent portfolios.

Armand Benitah at Fasken is described by respondents this year as a “very good” practitioner in the Canadian market, with a broad practice in the IP space.

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