W Lee Webster

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

W Lee Webster is a partner in Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national IP department. Mr Webster’s practice encompasses a full range of IP services, including counselling, acquisition, clearance and infringement opinions, enforcement, commercial and litigation support and IP portfolio strategies. He has deep expertise in structuring comprehensive technology and IP licensing, joint venture, R&D and other related commercial arrangements involving the development and commercialisation of IP-intensive technology and assets for early stage ventures. He also has extensive experience with domestic and foreign filing and prosecution, the commercialisation of intellectual property and IP rights enforcement. Mr Webster is a founding member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Council and is chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Webster has been recognised internationally as a leading lawyer in intellectual property, including in The Best Lawyers in Canada (IP law), the IAM Patent 1000 and the WTR 1000 (trademark prosecution and strategy).

Mr Webster has acted on behalf of many Canadian, US and international clients on strategic licensing matters. Recent notable matters include structuring a technology-sharing arrangement for the development and commercialisation of a novel oncolytic virus; advising on licensing and distribution arrangements for medical devices; advising on technology and IP arrangements for the refurbishment of nuclear reactors; structuring and advising on hardware and software-intensive business management systems; acting on behalf of a consortium of major oil production companies in structuring and implementing a technology-sharing arrangement for sharing oil sands technology; structuring technology licensing and related patent matters for a natural gas transmission consortium; and advising a New York-based investment bank on IP matters relating to the acquisition of a prominent Canadian patent aggregator in, among other things, mobile phone technology.

Mr Webster is a registered patent agent and a registered trademark agent. He has written and spoken extensively on intellectual property and related issues.

Professional associations

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • CIPC
  • INTA

Sample client list

  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bruce Power
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Turnstone Biologics

Firm details

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200
Toronto ON M5X 1B8

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