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Aird & McBurney LP is a leading Canadian intellectual property boutique firm with an internationally-renowned reputation. Aird & McBurney works in union with Aird & Berlis to secure Canadian and worldwide protection and provide IP rights enforcement. Our clients benefit from the integration of agency and legal services within a single, full-service legal organization.

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Our Clients

Our clients’ interests span a wide range of industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, IT, telecoms, financial services, electronics, materials, manufacturing, life sciences, medtech, pharmaceuticals, media and aviation.

  • Startups & Scale-ups
  • Overseas attorney firms
  • Fortune 100 companies
  • Universities & TTOs
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Solo inventors
  • Hospitals
  • Research Institutions

Services

Our technical depth allows us to offer unparalleled services in:

  • Preparing patent applications
  • Patent filing and prosecution in Canada and worldwide
  • Prior art searching
  • Patentability, infringement and validity opinions
  • Preparing licences, assignments, security interests
  • Performing patent audits
  • Devising patent strategies and portfolio management
  • Due diligence in commercial transactions

We represent Fortune 100 companies in the life sciences, food and beverage, entertainment, media, sports and communications, energy and mining sectors, in addition to the electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computer engineering and software development industries. Our clients also include individuals, startups, universities, hospitals and research institutions.

Members of our IP team are involved in many industry organizations, including:

  • Advocates’ Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS)
  • Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Life Sciences Ontario (LSO)
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)

    Blog Posts

    Insights TheSpotlight Nov 19, 2018 What Do You Mean I Don’t Own My Own Logo? A parable for many business owners on how to make sure you actually own the logo you have used for years
    Insights TheSpotlight Nov 12, 2018 Will the EU Copyright Directive Break the Internet?
    Insights TheSpotlight Nov 07, 2018 IP Budget 2018 – Changes to Canada’s IP laws
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    Insights TheSpotlight Aug 15, 2018 The Ultimate Blockchain Patent Teardown Why blockchain applications are patent-eligible
    Insights TheSpotlight Jun 19, 2018 GDPR Now in Force Has Worldwide Reach
    Insights TheSpotlight Apr 26, 2018 World Intellectual Property Day 2018 Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity