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

While Americans Laud “Low” Canadian Drug Prices, Canadian Innovative Pharma Waits to see if the Pricing Axe Will Fall on “Excessive” Canadian Drug Prices

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August 7, 2019

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Balancing Efficiency and Compressed Timelines: Two Years into the Amended Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations

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August 1, 2019

Balancing Efficiency and Compressed Timelines: Two Years into the Amended Patented Medicines (Notice...

Overview of Canadian Patented Medicine Price Review

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July 30, 2019

Overview of Canadian Patented Medicine Price Review

Ghosts and Goblins Beware - Major Changes in Patent Practice in Canada to Take Effect on October 30, 2019

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July 22, 2019

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June 17, 2019

What’s in a Name? Biosimilar Nonproprietary Names

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May 28, 2019

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Practice Group Leader

Micheline Gravelle Micheline Gravelle
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Immunology)
Managing Partner
416.957.1682  
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Speaking Engagements

2019 IPO Annual Meeting
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
September 24 - 26, 2019, Washington, DC
Patent Agent Training Course - Dafting & Prosecuting 
IPIC
September 3 - 5, 2019, Toronto, ON
Intellectual Policy Law and Policy Masterclass
Faculty of Law, McGill University
August 27, 2019, Montreal, ON

Events

Bioport Atlantic 2019
BioNova
November 5 - 6, 2019, Halifax, NS
AIPLA Annual Meeting
AIPLA
October 24, 2019 - July 26, 2019, Washington, DC
Montreal Cannabis Expo
National Event
October 3 - 4, 2019, Montreal, ON
93rd Annual IPIC Conference
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
September 25 - 27, 2019, Gatineau, QC 
2019 AIPPI World Congress
AIPPI
September 25, 2019, London, UK