Partner at Merizzi Ramsbottom & Forster
André Merizzi relies on over 15 years of IP experience to provide insightful and comprehensive advice on the development of market-relevant IP portfolios, with a focus on high-tech patent procurement. Indeed, Mr Merizzi predominantly focuses on the crafting and prosecution of commercially viable and targeted patent applications, with demonstrated success in overcoming challenging objections while securing market-relevant claims for his clients at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and abroad.
To do so, Mr Merizzi seeks and relies on a solid understanding of the technical innovation at hand and, more importantly, its commercial relevance in the marketplace not only today, but as the technology and marketplace evolve over time. This has also served him well in successfully navigating ongoing progress and pitfalls of the US patent subject-matter eligibility (35 USC 101) debate post-Alice, and maximising returns through effective and elaborate continuation practices in the United States.
Mr Merizzi holds a graduate degree in physics from the University of Ottawa, focusing on semiconductors, optics, solid state and laser physics. His aptitude for all-things science and drive to secure market-relevant claims for his clients has led him to advise clients in a gamut of highly technical fields, from growing information and communication technology and software firms to universities, government and medical research agencies and established high-tech companies.
An esteemed expert in Canadian patents, Mr Merizzi advises foreign associates in the prosecution of Canadian patent applications. He is an active participant and committee member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, and was an instructor for the Patent Agent Training Course and member of the Patent Agent Examination Board in Canada.
Mr Merizzi is fluent, and actively services clients, in both English and French.