Life Sciences

Advances in life sciences create new and exciting business opportunities. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to making the most of those opportunities.

Bereskin & Parr’s Life Sciences practice group is comprised of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds and industry expertise, ensuring members stay at the forefront of trends in the ever-changing industry, and in the law that relates to it.

Our professionals hold graduate and doctoral degrees in immunology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and human genetics and experimental medicine. This expert knowledge allows us to advise on and protect technology in all areas of life sciences including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food science, materials, bio informatics, plants genetics and plant breeders’ rights. Our group applies a team approach to assist clients efficiently and effectively, utilizing the depth of background and expertise we have in the life sciences field.

Strong scientific backgrounds, along with the active participation in life sciences organizations and committees, allows the group to maintain an open and active dialogue with members of the scientific community. As developing and maintaining these relationships are of great value to the firm, our clients within universities, hospitals, research institutes, and Canadian and multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies continuously keep us well-informed of their evolving businesses and legal needs.

The ability to find cost-effective solutions to our client’s needs, and the desire to ensure their matters are successfully accomplished, make us one of the strongest life sciences IP practices in Canada.

Our Services

The following is a list of services that members of our Life Sciences practice group provide:

  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide
  • Preparing and negotiating licensing agreements
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Providing patentability, validity, and infringement opinions
  • Providing strategic advice on intellectual property portfolios
  • Conducting intellectual property audits
  • Enforcing intellectual property rights

Our Life Sciences practice group has been recognized in several prominent national and international publications, including:

  • Chambers Global
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

All Practice Group members

Andrea, Berenbaum Andrea Berenbaum
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Inorg. Chem.), M.Sc.BMC, J.D.
Associate
416.957.1624
Toronto
Jerry, Chen Jerry Z. Chen
B.Sc. (Biology), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1603
Toronto
Herman, Cheung Herman H. Cheung
B.Sc. (Immunology)(Hons.), Ph.D. (Biochem.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1173
Toronto
Noel, Courage Noel Courage
B.Sc. (Biochem.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1655
Toronto
Amy, Dam Amy Dam
B.Sc. (Biomed. Sci.), M.Sc. (Pharm.), LL.B.
Associate
514.871.2350
Montréal
Carmela, De Luca Carmela De Luca
B.Sc. (Hons. Biochem., Co-op), Ph.D. (Exp. Med.), J.D.
Partner
514.871.2929
Montréal
Michael, Fenwick Mike Fenwick
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Org. Chem.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1665
Toronto
Patricia, Folkins Patricia Folkins
B.Sc. (Honours Chem.), Ph.D. (Org. Chem.)
Partner
905.817.6101
Mississauga
Micheline, Gravelle Micheline Gravelle
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Immunology)
Managing Partner
416.957.1682
Toronto
Alissa, Hyppolite Alissa Hyppolite
B.Sc. (Biomedical Science)
Summer student
514.868.0203 Montréal
Laurence, MacPhie Laurence MacPhie
DPhil (Human Gen.), J.D.
Partner
416.957.1684
Toronto
Andrew, McIntosh Andrew McIntosh
B.Sc. (Chem.), J.D., LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1677
Toronto
Ainslie, Parsons Ainslie Parsons
B.Sc. (Biology)(Hons.), Ph.D. (Genetics), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1696
Toronto
Joanna, Pohl Joanna Pohl
B.Sc., M.A. (Psych.), Ph.D. (Neuro. Sci.)
Associate
514.871.2105
Montréal
Sanjeevan, Shivakumar Sanjeevan Shivakumar
B.Sc. (Biochem.)(Hons.), M.Sc.(Biochem.), J.D.
Articling Student
416.364.7311
Toronto
David, St-Martin David St-Martin
B.Sc. (Chem.), M.Sc. (Org. Chem.)
Partner
514.871.2922
Montréal
Melanie, Szweras Melanie Szweras
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Genetics), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1678
Toronto
Anastassia, Trifonova Anastassia Trifonova
B.Sc. (Biology)(Spec. Hons.), M.Sc. (Biology), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1604
Toronto
Andrea  , Uetrecht Andrea  Uetrecht
B.Sc. (Biochem.)(Hons.), M.Sc (MBB), Ph.D. (Cell & Dev. Bio.)
Summer student
416.364.7311 Toronto
Shuo , Xing Shuo  Xing
B.Sc. (Biochem.)(Hons.), Ph.D. (Org. Chem.)
Summer student
416.364.7311 Toronto
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Life Sciences

Advances in life sciences create new and exciting business opportunities. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to making the most of those opportunities.

Bereskin & Parr’s Life Sciences practice group is comprised of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds and industry expertise, ensuring members stay at the forefront of trends in the ever-changing industry, and in the law that relates to it.

Our professionals hold graduate and doctoral degrees in immunology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and human genetics and experimental medicine. This expert knowledge allows us to advise on and protect technology in all areas of life sciences including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food science, materials, bio informatics, plants genetics and plant breeders’ rights. Our group applies a team approach to assist clients efficiently and effectively, utilizing the depth of background and expertise we have in the life sciences field.

Strong scientific backgrounds, along with the active participation in life sciences organizations and committees, allows the group to maintain an open and active dialogue with members of the scientific community. As developing and maintaining these relationships are of great value to the firm, our clients within universities, hospitals, research institutes, and Canadian and multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies continuously keep us well-informed of their evolving businesses and legal needs.

The ability to find cost-effective solutions to our client’s needs, and the desire to ensure their matters are successfully accomplished, make us one of the strongest life sciences IP practices in Canada.

Our Services

The following is a list of services that members of our Life Sciences practice group provide:

  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide
  • Preparing and negotiating licensing agreements
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Providing patentability, validity, and infringement opinions
  • Providing strategic advice on intellectual property portfolios
  • Conducting intellectual property audits
  • Enforcing intellectual property rights

Our Life Sciences practice group has been recognized in several prominent national and international publications, including:

  • Chambers Global
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Recent Articles

Feature Story in Pharmaceutical Engineering Magazine Penned by Ainslie Parsons and Carmela De Luca

Authors: Carmela De Luca and Ainslie Parsons

Canada’s Supreme Court Rules on the Promise of the Patent Doctrine – Promise is Dead!

Authors: Patricia Folkins and Mike Fenwick and Scott MacKendrick

Memorandum: Case summary for Pfizer v Canada (2014 FC 1243, 2016 FCA 248)

Authors: Adam Bobker and Shuo  Xing

Identifying the last line of defence for innovative Canadian Drugs

Author: Noel Courage

 

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