Kazim Agha, PhD

Patent Agent | Partner

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  • Bio
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Education

Kazim helps clients succeed by providing thoughtful guidance on how to protect and leverage their intellectual property. He uses his extensive scientific knowledge and practical experience to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. Kazim is driven by his passion for learning about technological advances. 

Kazim is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, with a PhD in Chemistry from McGill University. His practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent and industrial design applications in Canada and internationally. He works with clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations, with a focus on those in the chemical, mechanical and medical technology sectors. He is experienced in a variety of areas, including sustainability, lubricants, agrochemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products, energy, construction, industrial processes, medical devices, cannabis and automotive. Kazim also works on intellectual property matters, including patentability, patent validity, infringement, due diligence and freedom-to-operate assessments.

Prior to moving into private practice as a patent agent, Kazim was a senior research chemist at a major chemical company. He was responsible for multiple active pharmaceutical ingredient projects from R&D to manufacturing. Kazim remains involved in a number of organizations within the chemical industry. He is the Director of Local Sections of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and the former Chair of the Toronto Local Section. Kazim currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Chemical Society of Canada. In addition, he is an associate member of the Committee on Patent Related Matters and also an associate member of the International Activities Committee of the American Chemical Society.  He is a past Chair-elect of the Small Chemical Business Division of the American Chemical Society, where he provided support for small and medium-sized chemical businesses. 

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Director - Local Sections (Chemistry), Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Chair, Patent Agent Training Committee (PATC), Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member - Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO)
  • Member, ACS Chemistry and Law Division (CHAL)
  • Former Chair-elect, ACS Small Chemical Business Division (SCHB)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member, Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Intellectual Property Session," Scientific Founders Program, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization, January 22, 2024.

"IP and Patent Protection," Toronto Business Development Centre, August 24, 2023. 

"Patents – protecting your invention," Toronto Reference Library Program, August 21, 2023.

Education

  • Project Management Certificate, Grant MacEwan College (2004)
  • PhD, Chemistry, McGill University, 2003
  • B.Sc, Chemistry, Dalhousie University, 1997