Alain M Leclerc

IAM Research

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Canadian titan Fasken has more than 750 lawyers and agents stationed across seven bases in the country and in Beijing, Johannesburg and London. Its prosecution, litigation and transactional experts work hand in glove to provide practical, business-driven solutions to clients of all shapes and sizes. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies embroiled in high-stakes disputes can sleep soundly with Julie Desrosiers and Marie Lafleur on board: Desrosiers tackles complex proceedings with poise, while Lafleur is a fine choice for biologicals and skirmishes under the PM(NOC) Regulations. When flagship products are at stake, David Turgeon steps up to the plate: the global IP group chair thinks strategically and designs results-driven enforcement plans that are easy on the bank balance too. “A brilliant pharmaceutical patent litigator with fantastic client service skills and a dedication to excellence”, Jason Markwell is “an all-round great advocate”.  High-tech ace Marek Nitoslawski brings the heat in transnational disputes and knows how best to ensure that counsel across the world are all on the same page. President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and versatile counsellor Alain Leclerc advises holistically across the patent lifecycle. On the non-contentious front, the firm has a stellar line-up in the form of Serge Lapointe, Mark Penner, Alexandre Abecassis, Johann Gest and Armand Benitah. The business-minded and technically skilled Lapointe has in-depth industry and private practice experience, which informs his validity and infringement opinions. Also in the life sciences, fellow biotechnology maven Penner has the commercialisation of assets down to a T. Electrical engineering instructions are impeccably executed by Abecassis and Gest, who between them have spent over three decades at the patent coalface. Dual-qualified Benitah has a dynamic practice encompassing everything from patents, trademarks and copyrights to industrial designs and trade secrets. As a result, he advises holistically and get companies maximum return on their investments with minimum fuss. Contributing much to the deal side of the practice is Jean-Nicolas Delage, who flexes deep licensing and technology transfer expertise.

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