Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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One of the longest-serving firms on the market, Borden Ladner Gervais has enjoyed a sterling reputation for almost two centuries. Clients benefit from its vast resources, highly qualified staff and a delightfully comprehensive service. Within the context of the ensemble’s formidable domestic IP practice, the patent prosecution team is of crucial importance. For patrons in the life sciences, Kathleen MarsmanJennifer RaoulMark Vickers and Graeme Boocock prove to be vital business partners. Marsman is the favourite among universities, hospitals, government agencies and larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. “Jennifer is a superstar when it comes to biotechnology patent prosecution and she is great at handling complex client needs too.” In the words of one source: “Mark’s work is impeccable and his success rate at getting patents issued is second to none. One thing that really sets him apart is his ability to relay and clarify tricky technical and legal information, and then establish the best course of action.” On behalf of Ecolab, Boocock has been working hard to keep its Canadian patent portfolio in healthy shape. In the clean tech space, Scott Pundsack combines his civil engineering background and law degree to deliver wonderfully holistic guidance. Chemists Andrew Sojonky and David Nauman are also on hand to advise those in technical tough spots. “Sojonky provides a fantastic service. He is one of our most trusted advisers and his knowledge is superb”, comments one happy customer. “David really spends his time getting to know the technology, which then allows him to be super effective in setting out the bigger strategic plan for patent applications.” Curtis Behmann instinctively familiarises himself with his clientele’s commercial goals and proactively works towards achieving them. He is a prominent name in the electronics space, as is Geoffrey de Kleine, who performs at a high level as an all-round patentability, prosecution and strategy ace. “Jason Mueller-Neuhaus is extremely knowledgeable both from a legal perspective and when it comes to a product’s business application. He is precise, clear and helps companies make good commercial decisions by providing them with all the options available and recommending the best course of action.” Lawyer and patent agent Brandon Evenson shines in both prosecution and licensing mandates, and garners glowing reviews as a result: “Brandon has a keen eye for detail, for which he regularly receives praise from executives and third parties. He is practical, commercially oriented and carefully constructs each agreement to incorporate patent rights in a way that adds tremendous value to the company.” Looking towards the litigation wing of the outfit, Chantal Saunders and Beverley Moore have been involved in several patent infringement disputes on behalf of Eli Lilly. They both represent pharmaceutical companies in complex litigation and provide advice on patent portfolio management issues on a regular basis. Another popular name among rights holders in the life sciences is Carina De Pellegrin, whose background in computer engineering also makes her a go-to for high-tech clients.

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 800 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 IP a top priority. Many of our professionals hold advanced degrees in engineering, technology and scientific fields, bringing an insider’s understanding to your intellectual property issues.

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 programs 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

IP is one of your most valuable assets. We understand the value of IP 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.

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, and drafting and negotiating trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret and know-how licences.

Industrial design

Protecting the aesthetic appearance of your product is a key part of a comprehensive IP strategy. Industrial designs can provide effective protection against competitors, particularly in industries susceptible to imitation. We also assist with electronic icons, graphical user interfaces and designs where colour is now protectable as part of a design.

Beyond IP Strategy

Beyond IP Strategy is a team of business and legal professionals from across Canada who specialise in IP strategy and helping clients get to their intended results faster. Two members of this highly skilled team have been named in the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists list of world-class IP strategists. Using Growth Catalyst®, BLG’s proprietary intellectual property strategy framework, we help clients develop, expand and fortify their IP strategy from every angle. Our IP strategy solutions also help companies prepare for investment and financing, expansion, or exit, and provide valuable insights and intelligence about the IP activity of their competitors.

Awards and recognition

BLG is recognised as a leading law firm by some of the most prestigious national and international legal publications, including Chambers Canada, WTR 1000, and IAM Patent 1000. Our professionals are also recognised in Managing IP: IP Stars, Top Women in IP, and IAM/WTR Global Leaders.

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