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Tony Sabeta, B.Eng.

Patent Agent | Partner


Tony Sabeta is a Partner of Aird & McBurney LP, Patent & Trademark Agents, sister firm to Aird & Berlis LLP, and is a registered Patent Agent in Canada and the United States.

Tony represents clients in a variety of high-technology industries, and has prepared, prosecuted, and secured patents in the computer and electrical areas such as software, hardware, video and audio encoding, network data storage, network security and monitoring, wireless networking devices, mobile telecommunications, RFID systems, depth sensing technologies, robotics, aerospace systems and components, sensor/actuator systems, distributed data processing, neural networks, machine learning, financial services, virtual/augmented reality, blockchain technologies, and medical devices.

He has hands-on experience in the areas of wireless communications systems, digital electronics, programming, including the development of traffic management solutions for mobile data networks. Tony has held positions at some of Canada’s prominent law firms and IP boutique firms. He also worked in the legal department of a global telecommunications company, where he developed and managed an extensive patent portfolio covering wireless networks, IP switching platforms, unified communications, mobility and security applications.

Tony uses his expertise to help early-stage companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and universities protect their innovations, as well as develop, maintain and exploit their patent portfolios.  He provides clear and concise guidance for navigating the complex intellectual property landscape. When working with clients, his primary focus is on developing and implementing intellectual property strategies with an eye towards nurturing the client’s growth and long-term success, including increasing their valuation. He is an active member of the firm’s startup group which works with early-stage companies to educate, and advise them on intellectual property matters, and supports the Canadian startup community through free educational resources, seminars, speaking engagements, and sponsorships.

He also advises clients on other intellectual property matters, including patent portfolio acquisition and management, patent portfolio licenses, joint development agreements, freedom-to-operate opinions, patentability opinions, infringement opinions, validity opinions, including litigation support. In addition, Tony conducts IP due diligence for companies involved in early/late stage financing rounds,  mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings, as well as for VC investors involved in such transactions.

Awards & Recognition

  • Registered Patent Agent (Canada) (2004)
  • Registered Patent Agent (United States) (2005)

Professional Involvement


  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • The Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) (Committee Member: Brand of Excellence)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)
  • National Bar Association (IP Section) (NBA)

Representative Matters

Represented SensOR Medical Laboratories Ltd., winner of the Canadian national James Dyson Award for ForceFilm, a thin add-on for minimally invasive surgical instruments that provides surgeons with a digital sense of touch to help improve surgical safety, in all their patent matters.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “What Startups & Scaleups Need To Know About Patents,” Startuptive, August 14, 2018.

Speaker, “Unhashing Your Blockchain IP Strategy,” FFCON18: VELOCITY (2018 Fintech and Funding Conference), March 5, 2018.

Judge, Entrepreneurship Competition, The National Business and Technology Conference, March 10-11, 2017.   

Speaker, “Strategies to Protect Your Revenue by Securing Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Before Launching,” Canadian Crowdfinance Summit 2017, March 1, 2017.

Speaker, “Do Startups Need Patents?” Extreme Venture Partners/Extreme Accelerator, Toronto, January 25, 2017.

Speaker, “Software Patents: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game,” BNOTIONS, Toronto, November 10, 2015.



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  • B.Eng. (Electrical), McGill University, 1993