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Life Sciences

Advances in life sciences create new and exciting business opportunities. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to making the most of those opportunities.

Bereskin & Parr’s Life Sciences practice group is comprised of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds and industry expertise, ensuring members stay at the forefront of trends in the ever-changing industry, and in the law that relates to it.

Our professionals hold graduate and doctoral degrees in immunology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and human genetics and experimental medicine. This expert knowledge allows us to advise on and protect technology in all areas of life sciences including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food science, materials, bio informatics, plants genetics and plant breeders’ rights. Our group applies a team approach to assist clients efficiently and effectively, utilizing the depth of background and expertise we have in the life sciences field.

Strong scientific backgrounds, along with the active participation in life sciences organizations and committees, allows the group to maintain an open and active dialogue with members of the scientific community. As developing and maintaining these relationships are of great value to the firm, our clients within universities, hospitals, research institutes, and Canadian and multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies continuously keep us well-informed of their evolving businesses and legal needs.

The ability to find cost-effective solutions to our client’s needs, and the desire to ensure their matters are successfully accomplished, make us one of the strongest life sciences IP practices in Canada.

Our Services

The following is a list of services that members of our Life Sciences practice group provide:

  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide
  • Preparing and negotiating licensing agreements
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Providing patentability, validity, and infringement opinions
  • Providing strategic advice on intellectual property portfolios
  • Conducting intellectual property audits
  • Enforcing intellectual property rights

Our Life Sciences practice group has been recognized in several prominent national and international publications, including:

  • Chambers Global
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

 

Recent Articles

The Canadian Patent Office Releases New Guidelines: The Diagnostics Industry Should Be Cautiously Optimistic

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November 4, 2020

The Canadian Patent Office Releases New Guidelines: The Diagnostics Industry Should Be Cautiously...

Federal Court Rejects Patent Office’s Approach to Claim Construction: Music to the Ears of Patentees in the Medical Diagnostic and Computer-Related Fields

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August 27, 2020

Federal Court Rejects Patent Office’s Approach to Claim Construction: Music to the Ears of Patentees...

Once the Cat is Out of the Bag – A Canadian Update

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July 29, 2020

Once the Cat is Out of the Bag – A Canadian Update

The Race to Produce a COVID-19 Vaccine (Part II) - The Pathway to Vaccine Approval, IP and Launch

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July 8, 2020

The Race to Produce a COVID-19 Vaccine (Part II) - The Pathway to Vaccine Approval, IP and Laun...

Repurposed Drugs in the Fight Against COVID-19

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July 7, 2020

Repurposed Drugs in the Fight Against COVID-19

The Race to Produce a COVID-19 Vaccine (Part I) - Introduction to Vaccine Development & IP

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July 7, 2020

The Race to Produce a COVID-19 Vaccine (Part I) - Introduction to Vaccine Development & IP

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Practice Group Leader

Micheline Gravelle Micheline Gravelle
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Immunology)
Partner
416.957.1682  email Micheline Gravelle
All Practice Group Members

  

Webinars

Is Canada on the Brink of an AI & Diagnostics Patent Rush?
Bereskin & Parr LLP
December 2, 2020, Online
The "W5" for patents - who can get one, what are they, where and when can you get one and why should you?
The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)
October 22, 2020, Online
IP Best Practices for Regional Innovation Centres
Spark Centre
October 16, 2020, Online

Speaking Engagements

Update on Canadian Patent Law
Consero
December 7, 2020, Online
Gestion de l’innovation du Pr. Wadid Lamine
École de gestion Telfer – Université d’Ottawa
November 17, 2020
Career in Patent Law
SkIN Canada
November 14, 2020, Online

Events

Strategic Forum on Life Sciences and Health Technology 
The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
November 16, 2020, Online
BioInnovation Challenge
BioNova
November 3 - 4, 2020, Online
Class 5 and beyond
Clarivate
October 29, 2020, Online
Invest in Yourself... Don't Lay Yourself Off
Women In Bio (WIB)
April 15, 2020, Online
Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Girls in Grade 9
Young Women In Bio (YWIB) and Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC)
March 26, 2020, Montréal, QC