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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.


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


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)

    Recent Developments

    Publications Article Oct 05, 2018 Doing Business in Canada - September 2018
    Publications Article Sep 05, 2018 Cannabis Promotion: Seller Beware
    Events May 03, 2018 Protecting Your Intellectual Property During the Cannabis Boom Archive Now Available!
    Events Sep 27, 2017 Growing Your 'Cannabusiness': From Seeds to the Stock Exchange Archive Now Available!
    Events Apr 20, 2017 Intellectual Property: Avoiding the Pitfalls Archive Now Available!
    Events Feb 09, 2017 Canadian Pharma Update: Patent Law and Practice Archive Now Available!
    Publications Newsletter Nov 28, 2014 Ten Common Intellectual Property Mistakes Startups Make

    Blog Posts

    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
    Insights TheSpotlight Feb 23, 2018 World IP Day 2018 Theme Announced
    Insights TheSpotlight Feb 20, 2018 Online Advertising Method Survives Alice at the PTAB