The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.
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BCF Business Law earns plaudits for its “exceptional client focus, responsiveness and personalised but cost-effective service – it really feels like an extension of an in-house team”. Its diversely talented attorneys cooperate in a collegiate style and “can handle a vast range of complex technologies with ease”; “extensive knowledge of Canadian, US and European patent law” is another draw. On the biotechnology side, Andréanne Auger works closely with developers and their early-stage inventions to provide cogent advice that adds value to their creations. Tuba Yamaç holds a PhD in biomedical materials and fluidly guides start-ups and multinationals throughout the patenting process. Software and telecommunications ace Julien Lachere thrives when tackling ground-breaking technologies and has been vital to the development of the BCF Imagine programme, which provides vital support to Quebec-based start-ups. Ilya Kalnish and Dominic Goudreault shine in the mechanical arena. Kalnish is “an outstanding patent attorney with strong business skills and a high level of professionalism. He has a remarkable capacity to comprehend complex inventions, draft excellent applications and help his clients in making strategic decisions. He is a total team player”. “Dominic is extremely well organised and structured when drafting applications. He gets straight to the point and omits verbiage; and you can count on him to deliver as promised.”
It is with unfaltering passion for innovation and entrepreneurship that BCF’s founders were determined to change the way business law was practised. Our story reflects our ambition: as a collaborative and daring firm, BCF now has over 500 members, including 300 professionals, providing outstanding innovative service. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that makes us stand out from the crowd; we walk the walk and we talk the talk.
BCF is recognised by business leaders, entrepreneurs, growing companies and well-established global companies as a stepping stone to growth and success in Canada and abroad. We understand our clients’ businesses and are well positioned to partner with organisations, whatever the size or nature. Our team helps turn clients’ ambitions into viable and innovative businesses by putting the right resources on the table. We help our clients reach business objectives by providing pragmatic and forward-thinking solutions. Our clients’ success is our success.
IP and patent team
BCF’s patent team comprises experienced patent agents and attorneys distinguished by their multi-jurisdictional IP expertise, their hands-on corporate experience and their emphasis on providing personalised service to their clients. Notably, the BCF team boasts patent agents qualified and admitted to represent clients in the United States, Canada and Europe, maximising their patent potential in multiple jurisdictions and providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for patent and design protection. Our team members have extensive experience working in-house in the telecommunications, IT, medical device, biotechnology, machinery, transportation and aerospace industries, enabling them to deliver business-relevant IP advice.
The BCF patent team consistently delivers high-quality, business-relevant IP advice and services including:
- IP management and strategic counselling;
- patentability, infringement, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions;
- patent drafting, filing and prosecution service throughout the world, including direct representation in the United States, Canada and Europe;
- licensing and due diligence of IP rights;
- contentious patent proceedings; and
- negotiating and drafting of IP-related agreements.
BCF also advises clients on a wide variety of other IP matters, including:
- industrial designs, trademarks and copyright;
- trade secret strategies and management;
- free and open-source software policies; and
- data privacy and protection matters.
Focusing exclusively on IP law, BCF Global’s offer features Canadian and US patent agents and attorneys, as well as French and European patent attorneys, all working as a team. Thanks to the multidisciplinary expertise of its team and its strategic geographic position on two continents, BCF Global is seeking to provide its European clientele with privileged access to the North American market, and to assist visionary and innovative businesses in the fields of information technology, medical devices and life sciences grow and thrive.
BCF Imagine offers an exclusive legal and strategic programme to help innovative start-ups accelerate their growth. Since BCF Imagine’s creation in 2017, we have implemented a rigorous selection process to identify the best technology start-ups and assist them legally – for instance, in terms of cooperatives, corporate financing, venture capital, and IP strategies and execution.
BCF Ventures, a spin-off of BCF Business Law, is a pioneer in the Canadian investment scene by being one of the very first Super Angel funds. BCF Business Law’s partners pooled their resources to establish BCF Ventures, which launched on 1 June 2018. The fund benefits from the expertise, resources and insights of the BCF law firm and invests jointly with other successful funds across North America and Europe. BCF Ventures invests at the seed and series A stage of technology-based start-ups, mostly in Canada, the United States and occasionally in Israel, China and Western Europe. BCF Ventures is also a designated organisation authorised by the government of Canada to invest and support potential start-ups under the Start-Up Visa Program.