Name: Sheldon Hamilton
Law firm: Smart & Biggar
For more than 20 years, Sheldon Hamilton has
acted as counsel for many of the world’s most
innovative companies in relation to commercially significant
products. He has particular experience in pharmaceutical
litigation, appearing as both trial and appellate counsel, including
in proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of
Compliance) Regulations. Hamilton has extensive trial experience
of patent infringement and validity, and damage quantification.
Name: Shane Hardy
Law firm: Cassels Brock & Blackwell
Shane Hardy is a partner at Cassels Brock
and has experience in all areas of intellectual
property. He has experience in managing international trademark
portfolios on behalf of some of Canada’s most successful brands,
prosecuting trademark applications as a registered trademark
agent. He has also acted for clients in trademark oppositions and
cancellation proceedings, providing opinions to domestic and
international clients on trademark availability and registrability,
conducting litigation risk and offering strategy opinions.
Name: Ronnie Hoffer
Law firm: Goodmans
Position: Trademark agent
Ronnie Hoffer is a registered trademark agent,
practising within the IP law group at Goodmans.
She has experience in all aspects of trademark law. Hoffer is
experienced in commercial transactions involving IP assets,
including the transfer of such rights, security interest issues and
conducting due diligence inquiries. She manages international
prosecution programmes for a broad range of clients.
Name: Colin Ingram
Law firm: Smart & Biggar
Colin Ingram’s practice spans all areas of IP
litigation, with a focus on patent litigation,
including pharmaceutical patent litigation. Ingram, along with
his colleagues, was recognised with an award for a high-profile
2012 Canadian patent case for successfully representing Amazon.
com, and AstraZeneca Canada et al v Mylan Pharmaceuticals et
al in 2011, where the Federal Court of Canada rejected arguments
of inutility and obviousness put forward by Mylan.
Name: Susan Keri
Law firm: Bereskin & Parr
Susan Keri is a barrister, solicitor, registered
trademark agent and partner at Bereskin &
Parr. Keri focuses her practice on all aspects of trademark law,
including clearance and opinion work, prosecution, opposition,
cancellation proceeding and assisting clients with the acquisition
and maintenance of international trademark portfolios. She
has particular experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Keri
regularly speaks on trademark law and has written extensively
in the field.
Name: Patrick Kierans
Law firm: Norton Rose Fulbright
Position: Senior partner
P T C
Patrick Kierans is a senior partner at Norton
Rose Fulbright and is also global co-head of life
sciences and healthcare practice. He has experience in copyright,
patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secrets, and branding.
Kierans has represented a number of brands including Pepsi, Hard
Rock Cafe, Ericsson, and Visa. He is a member of LES, AIPLA, and
the Advocates’ Society in Toronto. He gained his BCL from McGill
University in 1976 and an LLB from the same university.
Name: Brian Kingwell
Law firm: Gowling WLG
Brian Kingwell is a partner at Gowling WLG
and works in the firm’s Vancouver office.
For more than 20 years he has focused his practice on patent
prosecution and portfolio counselling. He works with companies
in the pharmaceutical, chemistry, and biotechnology industries
among others. He graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from the
University of Calgary in 1986, and a graduate degree in molecular
cell biology in 1988.
Name: Martin Kratz
Law firm: Bennett Jones
P T C
Martin Kratz, QC, is a partner and a senior
technology and IP lawyer. He leads the
e-commerce practice and the anti-spam practice. Kratz also
focuses on technology law and deals with substantive patent,
copyright and trademark matters, as well as IP transactions,
procurement, commercialisation, strategy and opinions. He also
deals with data protection, privacy, cyber-security, e-commerce,
strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and technology
transfer among technology companies.
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