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

Amgen v Sanofi – Neutralizing Antibody to Antigen claims

Article
November 29, 2018

Amgen v Sanofi – Neutralizing Antibody to Antigen claims

Drug Patent Term Restoration in Canada: Certificates of Supplementary Protection

Article
October 16, 2018

Drug Patent Term Restoration in Canada: Certificates of Supplementary Protection

The New United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – Positive for Patent Protection

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October 2, 2018

The New United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – Positive for Patent Protection

Broad Institute Prevails in Recent Round of the US CRISPR Patent Battle

Article
September 26, 2018

Broad Institute Prevails in Recent Round of the US CRISPR Patent Battle

Challenging a Competitor’s Granted Patent at the Patent Office

Article
September 25, 2018

Challenging a Competitor’s Granted Patent at the Patent Office

Challenging a Competitor’s Patent Application to Prevent Grant

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September 17, 2018

Challenging a Competitor’s Patent Application to Prevent Grant

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Practice Group Leader

Micheline Gravelle Micheline Gravelle
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Immunology)
Managing Partner
416.957.1682 
All Practice Group Members

  

Events

Is your Life at Risk? The current Situation of Life Sciences Patent Eligibility in Canada, US and Europe
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
October 30, 2018, Webinar
Developing Clinical Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics for Improving Healthcare Outcomes
McMaster University
September 26 - 27, 2018, Hamilton, ON
LSO Knowledge and Network Breakfast
Life Sciences Ontario (LSO)
September 20, 2018, Toronto, ON