Gowling WLG grows patent expertise in Ottawa and Toronto

New designated patent agents announced

Gowling WLG grows patent expertise in Ottawa and Toronto
Patrick Smith is an IP lawyer at Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has announced that three of its professionals in Ottawa and two in Toronto have recently passed the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)’s patent agent qualification examination.

The firm’s new patent agents in Ottawa are Kevin Banaschewski (patent prosecution – high-tech, mechanical and electrical), Erin Creber (patent prosecution and IP litigation – chemical engineering, chemical processing and manufacturing, biomaterials and bioengineering) and Glen Deleavey (patent prosecution – life sciences and biochemistry sectors).

Meanwhile, Sean Gill (Patent prosecution and IP litigation – computer science and medical devices) and Natalia Thawe (patent prosecution and IP litigation – biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, molecular genetics and chemistry) are Gowling WLG’s new patent agents based in Toronto.

The firm is already home to over 60 registered patent agents, many of whom hold advanced degrees in computer science, electrical and manufacturing engineering, medicine, chemistry and biotechnology.

“With the establishment of the Canadian College of Patent Agents this year, coupled with the recent introduction of a regime protecting patent agent privilege, our new agents will be joining the profession at a pivotal moment,” said Patrick Smith, leader of Gowling WLG’s IP department in Calgary and president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. “On behalf of the firm, I’m delighted to congratulate our new patent agents on this important career milestone.”

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