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 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)

    Representative Matters

    Representative Matters Dec 19, 2013 Hand Sanitizer Patent Lawsuit Gets Green Light

    Recent Developments

    Events Sep 22, 2020 The Science of Psychedelics: How Law & Science Support the Sector CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers
    Publications Article May 14, 2020 Doing Business in Canada - Spring 2020
    News Firm News Apr 26, 2020 World Intellectual Property Day 2020
    Events Feb 26, 2020 Black Tech Innovators: Finding Success Within the Industry CPD Information: 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Lawyers
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    Blog Posts

    Insights StartupSource Sep 06, 2019 Does Your Brand Reflect Your Personality?
    Insights TheSpotlight Jun 04, 2019 Changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act