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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.
Who We Help
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)
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
- 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
The Federal Court of Appeal released its decision regarding Voltage Pictures’, a movie production company, certification of a reverse class action for pursuing copyright infringement claims.
On September 8, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Salna v. Voltage Pictures, LLC, 2021 FCA 176 regarding certification of a reverse class action (i.e. where there is a class o...
City Water International Inc. was successful in defeating an opposition to its application for the registration of the VIRGIN WATER trade-mark in Canada.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office Publishes Proposal for Increased Fees and Regulatory Impact Analysis StatementFees are expected to take effect on January 1, 2024, with increases by 25 per cent in most cases, rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.
TheSpotlightThe Federal Court recently expunged a sublicensee’s registration of the brand owner’s trademarks on the basis of bad faith and awarded punitive damages to the brand owner. Blossman Gas, Inc. v. Allian...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2023. This guide features some of the foremost ex...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to announce its inclusion in The Globe and Mail’s Canada’s Best Law Firms 2023 list. For a second year, The Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine partnered with Statist...
TheSpotlightThe Federal Court recently found that patentees may be denied equitable remedies in a patent infringement action if they fail to diligently prosecute their patents. In certain circumstances, the failu...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to present the 2022 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for ...
Firm NewsOn September 29, Tim Lowman was elected president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and Chair of the IPIC Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term.
TheSpotlightRecently, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Pharmascience Inc. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Co., 2022 FCA 142. The decision touches on various issues, but I want to focus on one: ...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is proud to announce that 88 members of the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. The firm is recognized across 43 practice ...
TheSpotlightIn the recent Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Entertainment Software Association, 2022 SCC 30 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized that copyright owners may...
Federal Court Holds That Design and Promotional Activities for FLNG Facility Did Not Infringe Canadian PatentThe Canadian Federal Court’s recent decision in Steelhead LNG (ASLNG) Ltd. v. ARC Resources Ltd., 2022 FC 998 held that mere design and promotional activities for a floating liquefied natural gas faci...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 2022 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, a guide that identifies the top...
Federal Court Adopts New Framework for Assessing Subject-Matter Eligibility and Directs CIPO To Use itIn Benjamin Moore, the Federal Court has provided a clear legal framework with little room for misinterpretation. It is unlikely that a new practice notice will be issued while the decision is still c...
TheSpotlightOn October 3, 2022, amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules will come into force, introducing changes to patent prosecution in Canada. The most significant of these changes are excess claims fees and ...
TheSpotlightOn May 24, 2022, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, reforming language laws in the province. Bill 96 will have broad...
Firm NewsTwo of our leading intellectual property lawyers have been recognized as Trademark stars in the 2022 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and pra...