Amy Fong

IAM Research

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A wise choice for patent matters on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, McCarthy Tétrault has built an elite roster of patrons. The team is on hand to deliver results for everyone from domestic players to some of the biggest organisations in the world. Chair of the firm’s national IP litigation group, Steven Mason “is a top-flight litigator, not just in Canada but globally. He is a creative and passionate lawyer who connects with the court and deftly discredits opposing witnesses. He always keeps an open mind and isn’t afraid to voice his opinions.” Fiona Legere works closely with Mason and most recently the pair served as co-lead counsel in several patent infringement cases involving AbbVie’s blockbuster drug Humira. Legere is a superb strategist and is known for her robust approach to solving IP disputes. Looking further into the litigation team, David Tait, Steven Tanner, and Timothy St John Ellam also shine and earn high praise from their clients: “David is not only well versed in litigation, but he is also an excellent oral advocate with sharp instincts and sound judgement. He navigates any problems that arise with ease and builds respected and trusted relationships.” “Steven is an outstanding communicator with significant IP expertise. He consistently goes above and beyond expectations, and is incredibly responsive and strategic.” “Tim has a very down-to-earth attitude, which he combines with a solid grasp of the issues at stake. He instils his colleagues with a similar mentality, ensuring that no matter the project, high-quality and effective solutions are delivered. Tim ought to be everyone’s first choice for Canadian counsel.” On the non-contentious side, Lisa Melanson draws on her previous experience as a litigator to lead the group’s IP strategy initiative. “Lisa is an exceptionally strategic partner with the capacity to think several steps ahead and across a variety of domains.” Skilfully prosecuting patents and managing portfolios, Alfred Macchione excels when inventions concerning computer technology are involved and regularly draws on insight gained as in-house counsel at a multinational computer company. Amy Fong makes good use of her experience to advise clientele on commercially relevant IP protection. Among others, rights holders in the software, electronics and clean-tech industries seek her out. Vincent Kam-Sun Yip has been advising Nestlé on the Canadian IP aspects of its agreement with private equity firm KKR to acquire core brands of its subsidiary, The Bountiful Company. His practical and sensible negotiation skills mean both parties arrive at mutually beneficial conclusions swiftly. Completing the line-up, Christine Ing leads the national technology group and co-leads the fintech group. She has been assisting companies with complex technology transactions for over two decades, and has earned herself a reputation as a splendid partner.

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