Ainslie Parsons
The nature of this job means that every day brings something new. It is a pleasure to work closely with innovators to help protect their most valuable assets.

Ainslie Parsons

B.Sc.H. (Biology), Ph.D. (Genetics), J.D.



About Ainslie

Ainslie is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the Life Sciences practice group.

Ainslie’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecution of patent applications related to life sciences matters, including biologics, diagnostics, plants and plant technology, biotechnology, food and pharmaceuticals. She also advises on patent issues such as validity, infringement and freedom to operate and has expertise in IP licensing.

As the leader of the Plant Breeders’ Rights practice group, Ainslie offers strategic advice with respect to plant variety rights and related licensing and prepares and files Plant Breeders’ Rights applications.

Ainslie also works on matters involving health-related regulations, including those related to Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, Certificates of Supplementary Protection, the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board and Food and Drugs Act compliance.

While obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Ainslie conducted research directed to identifying the mode-of-action of small molecules using genomic technologies and published her results in the journals Cell and Nature Biotechnology.

Ainslie lives in the east end of Toronto with her husband, son and orange cat. Outside of work, you can find her in the stands at the rink or soccer field or catching up on her next book club read.


  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2008
  • Ph.D. (Molecular and Medical Genetics), University of Toronto, 2006
  • B.Sc.H. (Biology), Queen’s University, 2000


  • Registered United States Patent Agent, 2015
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent, 2014
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 2009


  • Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA)
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