Patents

Patents are often a client’s most valuable asset, but evaluating inventions, reviewing patentability issues, procuring patents, devising global patent protection strategies, negotiating licenses and agreements, and dealing with infringement issues can be complex. At Bereskin & Parr LLP, patent law is a key part of our intellectual property practice. We apply a pragmatic business approach to each client’s patent matters to obtain results consistent with the client’s business needs.

Our patent practice is comprised of several specialized groups: Automotive, Chemical, CleantechElectrical & Computer Technology, Fintech, Life Sciences, Mechanical & Industrial Processes, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Oil & Gas and Plant Breeders' Rights. Each of our specialized patent groups assists clients in evaluating inventions and designs and preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent and design applications in Canada, the United States, and worldwide. Technical assistants and trained patent clerks working under the supervision of our lawyers and patent agents enable us to provide cost-effective management of the firm’s extensive active files.

Our lawyers and patent agents advise clients on all issues involving patents and designs including providing advice on patentability of inventions, validity of patents, and infringement of patents for technology owned by clients or claimed to be owned by others. Our teams have expertise in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and other technical areas, including chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical and nuclear engineering, as well as electronics, physics, computer hardware and software, chemistry and biotechnology. This diverse expertise enables us to assemble an appropriate client-specific team to handle each client's individual patent needs.

Clients of the patent group include individuals, corporations, and educational institutions worldwide. Our clients come from a diverse range of industries and work with technologies involving mechanical, electrical, and computer systems (software and hardware); building materials; medical devices and consumer products; and chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Our Services

The following is a list of services that members of our Patent group provide:

  • Negotiating and preparing licenses, assignments, security interests and other agreements for inventions, designs, and patents
  • Performing a patent audit
  • Identifying areas where patent or design protection can be obtained or extended
  • Devising strategies to assist in managing a patent portfolio
  • Evaluating patent portfolios of clients
  • Evaluating patent portfolios of others
  • Due diligence in commercial transactions of all kinds
  • Right to manufacture or use studies

All Practice Group members

Nicholas , Aitken Nicholas  Aitken
B.A.Sc. (Mech. Eng.)(Hons.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1620
Toronto
Alain, Alphonse Alain Alphonse
B.A.Sc. (Elec Eng.), J.D.
Associate
514.871.2912
Montréal
Armin, Ayatollahi Armin Ayatollahi
B.A.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1653
Toronto
Stephen, Beney Stephen M. Beney
B.Sc. (Physics)
Partner
905.817.6102
Mississauga
Andrea, Berenbaum Andrea Berenbaum
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Inorg. Chem.), M.Sc.BMC, J.D.
Associate
416.957.1624
Toronto
Adam, Bierylo Adam Bierylo
B.E.Sc. (Mech. and Matl. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1621
Toronto
Paul, Blizzard Paul Blizzard
B.Sc. (Comp. Eng.), J.D.
Articling Student
416.364.7311
Toronto
Ken, Bousfield Ken Bousfield
B.A.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1650
Toronto
Christopher, Bury Christopher Bury
B.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1174
Toronto
Donald M., Cameron Don Cameron
B.A.Sc. (Eng. Sci.), M.A.Sc. (Aerospace), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1171
Toronto
Isi, Caulder Isi Caulder
B.A.Sc. (Eng. Sci.), M.A.Sc. (Elec. Eng.), J.D.
Partner
416.957.1680
Toronto
Michael E., Charles Mike Charles
B.Eng.Sci. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1689
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
Reshika, Dhir Reshika Dhir
B.Sc. (Elec. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1646
Toronto
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
H. Samuel, Frost Sam Frost
B.A. (Eng. Sci.), M.Sc. (Nucl. Eng.)
Partner
905.817.6100
Mississauga
Cameron, Gale Cameron Gale
B.Eng. (Elec. and Comp.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1645
Toronto
Matthew, Graff Matthew Graff
B.A.Sc. (Matl. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
905.817.6107
Mississauga
Micheline, Gravelle Micheline Gravelle
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Immunology)
Managing Partner
416.957.1682
Toronto
Paul, Horbal Paul Horbal
B.A.Sc., M.Sc. (Elec. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1664
Toronto
Jason, Hynes Jason Hynes
B.A.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
519.783.3214
Waterloo Region
Victor, Krichker Victor Krichker
B.Sc. (Civil Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1699
Toronto
Joanna, Ma Joanna Ma
B.A.Sc. (Elec. Eng.)(Hons.), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1676
Toronto
Robert, MacFarlane Robert MacFarlane
B.Eng. (Mech. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1616
Toronto
R. Scott, MacKendrick Scott MacKendrick
B.A.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1675
Toronto
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
Ian, McMillan Ian C. McMillan
B.Sc. (Math & Eng.), LL.B., LL.M.
Partner
905.817.6103
Mississauga
Philip, Mendes da Costa Philip C. Mendes da Costa
B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1695
Toronto
David, Morrison David Morrison
B.Eng. (Chem. Eng. and Bioeng.), M.A.Sc. (Biomed. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
519.783.3219
Waterloo Region
Tony, Orsi Tony Orsi
B.A.Sc. (Elec. Eng.), M.A.Sc. (Elec. Eng.), MBA
Partner
416.957.1175
Toronto
Justin, Philpott Justin Philpott
B.A.Sc. (Env. Eng.)(Hons.), M.A.Sc. (Env. Eng.), MBA, J.D.
Articling Student
416.364.7311
Toronto
Joanna, Pohl Joanna Pohl
B.Sc., M.A. (Psych.), Ph.D. (Neuro. Sci.)
Associate
514.871.2105
Montréal
James, Raakman James Raakman
B.Eng. & Mgmt. (Mech. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
905.817.6105
Mississauga
Bhupinder, Randhawa Bhupinder Randhawa
B.A.Sc. (Comp. Eng.), J.D.
Partner
416.957.1630
Toronto
C. Lloyd, Sarginson Lloyd Sarginson
B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
Retired Partner
Toronto
Kevin, Shipley Kevin Shipley
B.A., B.E.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), J.D.
Associate
905.817.6108
Mississauga
Sanjeevan, Shivakumar Sanjeevan Shivakumar
B.Sc. (Biochem.)(Hons.), M.Sc.(Biochem.), J.D.
Articling Student
416.364.7311
Toronto
Amrita V., Singh Amrita V. Singh
B.H.Sc. (Biology), J.D.
Associate
416.957.1167
Toronto
Timothy, Sinnott Tim Sinnott
B.S. (Physics), M.Sc. (Physics), LL.B.
Partner
519.783.3212
Waterloo Region
Joshua W., Spicer Joshua W. Spicer
B.Eng. (Chem. Eng.), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1649
Toronto
David, St-Martin David St-Martin
B.Sc. (Chem.), M.Sc. (Org. Chem.)
Partner
514.871.2922
Montréal
Robert, Storey Robert B. Storey
B.A.Sc., (Metallurgy and Matl. Sci.), LL.B.
Partner
514.871.2930
Montréal
Melanie, Szweras Melanie Szweras
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Genetics), LL.B.
Partner
416.957.1678
Toronto
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Patents

Patents are often a client’s most valuable asset, but evaluating inventions, reviewing patentability issues, procuring patents, devising global patent protection strategies, negotiating licenses and agreements, and dealing with infringement issues can be complex. At Bereskin & Parr LLP, patent law is a key part of our intellectual property practice. We apply a pragmatic business approach to each client’s patent matters to obtain results consistent with the client’s business needs.

Our patent practice is comprised of several specialized groups: Automotive, Chemical, CleantechElectrical & Computer Technology, Fintech, Life Sciences, Mechanical & Industrial Processes, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Oil & Gas and Plant Breeders' Rights. Each of our specialized patent groups assists clients in evaluating inventions and designs and preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent and design applications in Canada, the United States, and worldwide. Technical assistants and trained patent clerks working under the supervision of our lawyers and patent agents enable us to provide cost-effective management of the firm’s extensive active files.

Our lawyers and patent agents advise clients on all issues involving patents and designs including providing advice on patentability of inventions, validity of patents, and infringement of patents for technology owned by clients or claimed to be owned by others. Our teams have expertise in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and other technical areas, including chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical and nuclear engineering, as well as electronics, physics, computer hardware and software, chemistry and biotechnology. This diverse expertise enables us to assemble an appropriate client-specific team to handle each client's individual patent needs.

Clients of the patent group include individuals, corporations, and educational institutions worldwide. Our clients come from a diverse range of industries and work with technologies involving mechanical, electrical, and computer systems (software and hardware); building materials; medical devices and consumer products; and chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Our Services

The following is a list of services that members of our Patent group provide:

  • Negotiating and preparing licenses, assignments, security interests and other agreements for inventions, designs, and patents
  • Performing a patent audit
  • Identifying areas where patent or design protection can be obtained or extended
  • Devising strategies to assist in managing a patent portfolio
  • Evaluating patent portfolios of clients
  • Evaluating patent portfolios of others
  • Due diligence in commercial transactions of all kinds
  • Right to manufacture or use studies

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