Areas of industrial expertise

Life sciences

Our life sciences practice group includes patent agents, chemists, biochemists, biologists and lawyers who conduct patentability and landscape searches and draft and prosecute patent and industrial design applications as well as trademark and copyright applications. They also render patent validity and infringement opinions.

The lawyers in this group draft and negotiate specialised commercial agreements pertaining to research and development, joint-ventures, consortiums, licensing and financing. They have substantial experience drafting and negotiating agreements which are typically required by companies in this field as well as advising clients with respect to litigation matters.

The combined strong scientific and industry experience of the members of this group allows us to provide advice to academic institutes as well as Canadian and multinational companies in several fields including pharmaceuticals, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and immunology.  The scientific and legal expertise together with the industry experience of our members allows us to strategically secure intellectual property protection and to enforce the intellectual property rights of our clients. Our professionals are well versed in the life cycle management in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to providing key input for establishing strong IP portfolios, this group is called upon to contribute its expertise to the valuation process related to the transfer, acquisition and financing of biotech and pharmaceutical companies. As such, members of this group are therefore regularly called upon to conduct IP audits and due diligence investigations.