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Noel Courage is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and member of the Life Sciences practice group. He is co-leader of the COVID-19 practice group.
Noel's practice focuses on the patenting and licensing of biotechnological, chemical and mechanical inventions. He provides opinions on patent validity and infringement issues. He also has experience in regulatory, trademark and copyright law, and provides advice on IP portfolio management strategy. His regulatory work includes advising on data exclusivity, Patent Medicine Prices Review Board and Patented Medicines (NOC) Regulations strategy and advising pharmaceutical clients on advertising.
While attending Memorial University, Noel worked as a research assistant in the biochemistry department. While completing his law degree at Dalhousie University, Noel received prizes for academic excellence in patent, trademark and contract law.
Noel has lectured on IP licensing at the Patents and Trade Secrets course at the University of Toronto since 2011. He is the Director of the McGill University/ Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) “Understanding Patents” course (2019-2020). He has also spoken at meetings of the Intellectual Property Owners' Association (International Law Committee) and annual meetings of the American IP Law Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Noel has authored many articles on IP law and technology, and has been cited in a number of prestigious publications, including a report on Patent Term Extensions and Adjustments by the Global Legal Research Center of the U.S. Library of Congress.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association (CHLA) Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)