Philip Mendes da Costa

Partner

Toronto, 416.957.1695

Practice Group(s)

Patents
Automotive
Chemical
Financial Technology
Mechanical & Industrial Processes
Medical Devices
Oil & Gas
Industrial Designs
Trademarks
Licensing & Transactions

Education

B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), Queen's University, 1981
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1984

Qualifications

Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1986
Registered Canadian Patent Agent, 1988
Registered United States Patent Agent, 1988
Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 1987
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)

Professional Memberships

Canadian Energy Pipline Association (CEPA)
Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA)
Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
Chemical Institute of Canada
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
The Lawyers Club

Philip C. Mendes da Costa

B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.

Philip C. Mendes da Costa is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Mechanical & Industrial Processes practice group. He is also the Editor of the Patent Newsletter.

Philip advises clients on the development and implementation of strategic IP portfolio creation and management. His experience includes obtaining patent, industrial design and trademark rights for clients around the world. He focuses on a variety of areas, including consumer products, the oil and gas industry, water treatment and mining, and has in-depth knowledge on all aspects of IP, including water purification; petrochemicals; oil and gas recovery technologies; petroleum refining; ore processing and mineral recovery; syngas production; seismic exploration; methanol production; and gas scrubbing.

Philip was the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) 2014 Congress in Toronto, a member of the Membership Committee of AIPPI, a member of the Standing Committee on Patents (Q228) of AIPPI, a member of CET3 of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), a member of the Professional Excellence Commission of FICPI, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) Design Committee, and a member of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association’s (IPO) International Patent Law and Practice Committee. Philip is a recipient of the AIPPI Award of Merit. Philip is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) National Intellectual Property Section, and has sat on the CBA's Executive of the National Sections Council. In addition, Philip has held various positions on Ontario Bar Association (OBA) committees.

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Philip Mendes da Costa

Philip C. Mendes da Costa

B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.

Partner
Toronto      Ph: 416.957.1695

Practice Group(s)
Patents
Automotive
Chemical
Financial Technology
Mechanical & Industrial Processes
Medical Devices
Oil & Gas
Industrial Designs
Trademarks
Licensing & Transactions

Education
B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), Queen's University, 1981
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1984

Qualifications

Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1986
Registered Canadian Patent Agent, 1988
Registered United States Patent Agent, 1988
Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 1987
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)

Philip C. Mendes da Costa is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Mechanical & Industrial Processes practice group. He is also the Editor of the Patent Newsletter.

Philip advises clients on the development and implementation of strategic IP portfolio creation and management. His experience includes obtaining patent, industrial design and trademark rights for clients around the world. He focuses on a variety of areas, including consumer products, the oil and gas industry, water treatment and mining, and has in-depth knowledge on all aspects of IP, including water purification; petrochemicals; oil and gas recovery technologies; petroleum refining; ore processing and mineral recovery; syngas production; seismic exploration; methanol production; and gas scrubbing.

Philip was the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) 2014 Congress in Toronto, a member of the Membership Committee of AIPPI, a member of the Standing Committee on Patents (Q228) of AIPPI, a member of CET3 of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), a member of the Professional Excellence Commission of FICPI, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) Design Committee, and a member of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association’s (IPO) International Patent Law and Practice Committee. Philip is a recipient of the AIPPI Award of Merit. Philip is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) National Intellectual Property Section, and has sat on the CBA's Executive of the National Sections Council. In addition, Philip has held various positions on Ontario Bar Association (OBA) committees.

Articles

Speaking Engagements

FICPI 16th Open Forum

International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys – FICPI
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
October 5 - 8, 2016

Sam Frost, Robert Storey and Philip Mendes da Costa will be attending the FICPI 16th Open Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Robert Storey will be moderating a panel presentation, Apple v. Samsung - Global Design and Trade Dress Litigation, on Thursday, October 6. Panelists will discuss the issues and outcomes of the iPhone litigation between Apple and Samsung in different jurisdictions around the world, and the impact that the litigation will have on trademark and trade dress law.

Philip Mendes da Costa will be moderating a session on Friday, October 7 titled, Hedging the Risks - How to Deal with the Unexpected or the Unwanted. Speakers will discuss how a firm reacts in moments of crisis can make the difference between which firms survive and which fall apart.

The FICPI 16th Open Forum will take place from October 5 to 8.

For more information on this conference, please click here.

International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)

Executive Committee Meeting & Symposium
Kyoto, Japan
April 6 - 10, 2014

Robert Storey and Philip Mendes da Costa will be attending this Conference.

Philip Mendes da Costa will be speaking at a workshop on Double Patenting taking place on April 7, 2014.

For more information on FIPCI and this conference, please click here.

Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)

Negotiating the Intersection of Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property
Toronto, ON
February 20, 2013

Philip Mendes da Costa will be speaking at this event.

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Young Practitioners 2011 Webinar Series
May 11, 2011

Philip C. Mendes da Costa of Bereskin & Parr LLP will be speaking at this event on Managing Your Practice at 1:00 p.m.

For more information go to: http://www.ipic.ca/english/general/2011ypcwebinars.cfm
 

Event Attendance

AIPPI World Congress - Milan 2016

AIPPI
Milan, Italy
September 16 - 20, 2016

Donald H. MacOdrum, Philip Mendes da Costa, Noel Courage and David St-Martin will be attending the AIPPI World Congress - Milan 2016.

This conference provides the most comprehensive annual work and educational programmes covering all Intellectual Property on a global basis.

For more information or to register for this event, please click here.

Asian Patent Attorneys Association

17th General Assembly and 64th & 65th Council Meetings
Okinawa, Japan
November 13 - 17, 2015

Philip Mendes da Costa will be attending the APAA 17th General Assembly and 64th & 65th Council Meetings.

To learn more about the event, please click here.

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

AIPPI World Congress 2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 10 - 14, 2015

Philip Mendes da Costa, Noel Courage and Bhupinder Randhawa will all be attending the AIPPI World Congress 2015 in Rio.

International Federation of Intellectual Property Agents (FICPI)

World Congress
Cape Town, South Africa
April 13 - 17, 2015

Sam Frost, Robert Storey, Philip Mendes da Costa and Stephen Beney will be attending the FICPI World Congress in Cape Town.

The International Federation of Intellectual Property Agents (FICPI) is an international organisation that represents the interests of the IP attorney in private practice.

To learn more about FICPI and for further information about the event, please click here.

AIPPI Canada

AGM Lunch & Learn
Ottawa, ON
November 20, 2014

Cynthia Rowden and Scott MacKendrick will be covering the new trademark regulations at AIPPI Canada’s AGM Lunch and Learn on November 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Philip Mendes da Costa, Don MacOdrum and Kevin Shipley will be attending.

AIPPI is a non-profit international organization which unites practitioners, academics and the owners of intellectual property.

AIPPI

World Intellectual Property Congress 2014
Toronto, ON
September 14 - 17, 2014

Bereskin & Parr is proud to be the 2014 lanyard sponsor of the AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress and welcomes all congress attendees to Toronto.

Philip Mendes da Costa is the Chairperson for the AIPPI Organizing Committee and has been very involved in the overall congress organization.

Don MacOdrum, Jill Tonus, Ian McMillan, Noel Courage, David St-Martin and Kevin Shipley will be attending, and our 2014-2015 articling students, Maria Wei, Stephen Lam, Pasan Hapuarachchi, Teresa MacLean and Evan Reinblatt will be volunteers at the congress.

On Monday, September 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daniel Bereskin will be speaking on "Mock trial – International IP Arbitration".

The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) is an international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. Further information about the event can be found here.

Accolades

  • IAM Patent 1000 2017
  • MIP IP Stars: Patents 2017
  • 2017 IP Stars Patent
  • 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Who’s Who Legal Patents 2017
  • 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • IAM Patent 1000 2016
  • 2015 AIPPI Award of Merit
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook 2015: Patents
  • 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • IAM Patent 1000 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s 2014 IP Stars Handbook: Patent
  • The 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • IAM Patent 1000 2014
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2013
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012

Professional Memberships

Canadian Energy Pipline Association (CEPA)
Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA)
Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
Chemical Institute of Canada
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
The Lawyers Club

Media Coverage

  • Managing IP Profiles Philip Mendes da Costa on Becoming AIPPI’s Congress Chair
  • Philip Mendes da Costa is quoted in Canadian Lawyer Magazine
  • Philip Mendes da Costa was quoted in the article “How to avoid the bitter taste of infringement litigation” which appeared in the April 2012 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine.
  • Don MacOdrum, Philip Mendes da Costa, Don Cameron, and Scott MacKendrick were quoted in the article “IP heavyweights join Bereskin & Parr” which appeared in the January 16, 2012, edition of the Law Times.
  • Philip Mendes da Costa was quoted in the article “IP boutiques holding their own” which appeared in the January 2012 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine. In this same issue, Bereskin & Parr LLP was listed as one of the top ten IP boutique firms in Canada.
 

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