Alexandre Abecassis

IAM Research

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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A well-known name in the Canadian IP space, Fasken can cover it all. The group has no shortage of work, ranging from strategic portfolio management to complex patent infringements, and it serves both domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, with positive results. On the prosecution side, Alexandre Abecassis has been drafting and prosecuting patent applications for Vancouver-based quantum computing software company 1QBit. The electrical engineer is well versed in the field and knows what it takes to get patents granted. Johann Gest manages the portfolio for automotive and software company LeddarTech Inc, which contains more than 14 patent families with filings not only in Canada, but also in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Brazil. A go-to resource for those in the high-tech, cleantech and medical devices space, Ling Wong is elevated in his strategic thinking. He is proficient in handling complex issues and lends his expertise to start-ups in the industry. The firm also has a thriving life sciences prosecution practice, and lately Serge Lapointe has been assisting leading pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim with its patent applications. With over three decades of experience under his belt, Alain Leclerc works wonders for major companies with large and valuable portfolios, creating strategies that maximise the value of his patrons’ intellectual property. Mark Penner applies his agile thinking for his clientele in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on assisting start-ups in commercialising their IP rights. Chair of the Toronto IP group, the dual-qualified Armand Benitah is highly versatile and understands the business of intellectual property. On the litigation side, IP department head David Turgeon and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Michael Shortt have been representing electrical heating company Thermolec Ltée in an infringement case before the Superior Court. Turgeon provides great leadership, and he can deliver whatever his clients need. Shortt excels at anticipating opponents’ strategies and developing his own. Rounding out the line-up is Julie Desrosiers, Marie Lafleur and Marek Nitoslawski. Desrosiers took the lead, along with Lafleur, on a matter for several leading pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Janssen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Servier Canada and Theratechnologies Inc. She filed a constitutional challenge in the Superior Court of Québec, questioning the recent changes to the Patented Medicines Regulation as well as the validity of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, established under the Patent Act. The outcome of the case will have enormous consequences for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry. Nitoslawski has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovative ideas, which is evident in the vitality of his practice.

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