Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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A prolific patent filer, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) is a trusted adviser to industry leaders and innovators across a range of sectors. Its bench strength and technical prowess are simply undeniable, especially with 12 individuals recommended for prosecution this year. The life sciences are a forte here, especially with eminent experts Mark Vickers, David Nauman, Scott Pundsack, Jennifer Raoul, Kathleen Marsman and Graeme Boocock on deck. National life sciences group leader Vickers is a hands-on, big-picture thinker with a percipient approach to developing portfolios; while Nauman is a favourite among entrepreneurs, academic research institutions and government organisations for his astute strategic counselling. As a lawyer and a patent agent, senior counsel Pundsack is an excellent choice for litigation and opposition support. Biotechnology ace Raoul slots in perfectly with in-house teams and guides them effortlessly through the country’s regulatory regimes. Superstars Marsman and Boocock recently linked up to provide The Hospital for Sick Children with clear, succinct and practical patentability advice in the molecular biology, diagnostics and personalised medicine fields. The high-tech realm is home to Curtis Behmann, Louis Allard and Brandon Evenson, each of whom brings a unique skillset to the table. Former senior patent examiner at the CIPO and master strategist Behmann comes up with business-driven plans that guarantee his patrons a solid foothold in their respective markets. Named as inventor on four US patents and the author of more than 25 scientific articles, Allard understands first-hand the needs of innovators looking to protect their most valuable assets. The versatile Evenson has been prosecuting applications for Mobility View in over 80 countries, commercialising assets for Cryptomill Technologies and closing deals worth US$31 million on behalf of Titan Medical. The polished negotiator is also BLG’s resident fintech guru. On the mechanical front, Geoffrey de Kleine, Andrew Sojonky and Jason Mueller-Neuhaus acquit themselves with distinction. Vancouver’s regional manager de Kleine always keeps costs in mind when looking to grow portfolios; Sojonky conducts incisive patent procurement for Fortune Global 500 companies; and Mueller-Neuhaus is a widely respected authority on computer information processing systems and business methods. When things heat up, BLG assembles a litigation strike force in the form of Kevin LaRoche, Chantal Saunders, Beverley Moore, Jamie Mills and Carina De Pellegrin. High-tech and cybersecurity disputes are easily resolved by LaRoche. Moore, Mills and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Pellegrin have been tackling heavy-duty pharmaceutical battles lately: among other things, the trio represented Millennium Pharmaceuticals against Teva in a countersuit relating to the infringement of three patents.

Firm Profile

As the largest, truly full-service Canadian law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) delivers practical legal advice for domestic and international clients across more practices and industries than any Canadian firm. With over 725 lawyers, IP agents and other professionals, BLG serves the legal needs of businesses and institutions across Canada and beyond – from M&A and capital markets to disputes, financing, and trademark and patent registration.

BLG’s IP group works closely with you to make protecting and enforcing your intellectual property a top priority. Many of our professionals hold advanced degrees in engineering, technology and scientific fields, have extensive litigation experience and publish in peer-reviewed journals – bringing an insider’s understanding to your most challenging IP issues within Canada and globally.

Patents

BLG’s patent professionals can help you maximise assets and devise strategies to protect and manage risk in a global market. Our team can assist you with a wide range of services across the spectrum of science and technology, including:

  • worldwide patent portfolio strategy planning, analysis and development;
  • patentability, infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions;
  • Canadian, US and international patent application preparation and filing; and
  • cost-reduction and cost-benefit analyses of patent strategies.

Trademarks

A trademark’s success hinges on having an experienced legal team that can provide comprehensive trademark portfolio management and enforcement services, and offer sound advice on maximising opportunities in an evolving global marketplace. We can help you plan and implement programmes to clear, select, register and enforce trademark and trademark-related rights. Our professionals will work with you to understand your needs in a variety of areas, including:

  • brand management;
  • operations, business goals and industry;
  • packaging and advertising; and
  • opportunities and threats. 

Copyright

With today’s immediate access to digital media, copyright protection and enforcement can significantly affect your bottom line. Whether protecting your copyright or defending them from infringement claims, working with a trusted, proactive team of advisers who can address complex copyright issues across numerous industries and help achieve your business’s goals is critical. Our experience and multidisciplinary approach provide comprehensive assistance in a range of areas, including:

  • copyright due diligence;
  • litigating copyright issues;
  • managing copyright portfolios;
  • copyright protection, including registration;
  • copyright enforcement and licensing; and
  • government copyright policies and legislation.

Litigation

Intellectual property is one of your most valuable assets. We understand the value of intellectual property and the need to enforce and defend your IP rights. Whether you are pursuing infringers or defending against allegations of IP infringement or misappropriation, it is essential to have an experienced team of vigilant advocates on your side. Our professionals speak your language and bring together the best of both worlds: the trial experience to communicate highly technical and legal issues to judges, and the technical expertise to help you address IP issues. Our team includes lawyers who specialise in pharmaceutical litigation, including issues with Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

Licensing

BLG’s licensing group can structure comprehensive licensing transactions by exploring the technology’s lifecycle, its potential applications to other areas and market direction. We can help you develop and capitalise on your IP portfolio by negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, as well as trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret and know-how licences.

Industrial designs

Protecting the aesthetic appearance of your product is a key part of a comprehensive IP strategy. Industrial designs (design patents in the United States) can provide effective protection against competitors, particularly in industries susceptible to imitation. Our team works with clients across a broad range of industries, including transport, machinery, small/large appliances, furniture, fixtures, garments and footwear, computers and electronics. We also assist with electronic icons, graphical user interfaces and designs where colour is now protectable as part of a design.

Awards and recognition

BLG has been recognised as a leading law firm by some of the most prestigious national and international legal publications including Chambers Canada (2021), which ranked BLG in Band 1 – the highest level of recognition – in 11 practice areas and recognised 125 lawyers. Members of our IP group have also received numerous distinctions for their expertise by some of the most renowned IP publications. The WTR 1000 (2021) recognised BLG as a gold-tier firm for the eighth consecutive year and named five BLG professionals in its list of globally recommended trademark professionals.

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