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

Legalization 2.0: IP and Regulatory Considerations for Edibles, Extracts and Topicals

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October 23, 2019

Legalization 2.0: IP and Regulatory Considerations for Edibles, Extracts and Topicals

Canadian Drug Price Review of Generic Companies Holding Patents

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September 30, 2019

Canadian Drug Price Review of Generic Companies Holding Patents

Another Round in the US CRISPR Patent Dispute

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September 17, 2019

Another Round in the US CRISPR Patent Dispute

No Secret, No Remedy: Tips For Preserving Your Trade Secret Rights

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September 5, 2019

No Secret, No Remedy: Tips For Preserving Your Trade Secret Rights

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

While Americans Laud “Low” Canadian Drug Prices, Canadian Innovative Pharma Waits to see if the...

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...

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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

John Molson MBA International Case Competition
MBA International Case Competition
January 6 - 10, 2020, Montréal, QC
Déjeun’aide – Breakfast with Leaders
La Fondation de l'Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants | The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation
November 22, 2019, Montréal, QC
Intellectual Property Lunch & Learn Session
Biomedical Zone
November 20, 2019, Toronto, ON

Events

TIPG December Social 2019
Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)
December 16, 2019, Toronto, ON
Consero IP Forum for Life Sciences
Consero Group
December 8 - 10, 2019, Newport Beach, CA
Hi5 Pitch Competition | Fall 2019
Haltech Innovation Centre
November 26, 2019, Oakville, ON
Bioport Atlantic 2019
BioNova
November 5 - 6, 2019, Halifax, NS