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When it comes to securing IP rights, we are vigorous and strategic advocates. We assist clients in acquiring the appropriate IP rights to support their business mandates.
The patent agents of Aird & McBurney hold Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Eng. degrees in their fields of expertise. This technical depth allows us to offer unparalleled service in the preparation, prosecution and maintenance of patent and industrial design applications over a wide range of technologies and industries, including:
- Aerospace and Aeronautics
- “Clean” or “Green” Innovation (such as renewable energy, biofuels, solar power, wind power and water purification)
- E-Commerce Software
- Manufacturing and Consumer Products
- Medical and Agricultural Biotechnologies
- Medical Devices
- Oil and Gas
- Scientific Instrumentation
- Wireless Communications
We provide patentability, freedom to operate, infringement and validity opinions, in designing to avoid patent infringement. We have extensive experience in developing and managing strategic international IP portfolios while keeping up with the latest technical advances and the rapidly changing global IP climate.
Aird & 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...
Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 2021 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.
Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2021 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practiti...
Aird & Berlis partners Trent Horne and Donald Johnston are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences 2021. This publication focuses on health services and the Lex...
We are pleased to announce that Steve Hundal has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Intellectual Property Group.
Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021. Tim is one of 25 Canadian IP advisors selec...
On August 21, in Choueifaty v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 FC 837, the Federal Court held that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office erred in determining the essential elements of the claimed ...
Like many other jurisdictions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has implemented extensions of time for certain deadlines relating to patents, industrial designs and trademarks due to C...
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...
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 ...
Whose Liability Is It Anyway? The Court Clarifies the Burden in Summary Trials and Infers InducementIn Janssen Inc. v. Pharmascience Inc., 2022 FC 62, the Federal Court highlighted two important issues: the burden in summary trial proceedings and the evidentiary burden for proving inducement of pate...
The Markman and the Grandfather: Federal Court Determines Claim Construction by Partial Summary Judgment and Interprets the Prior Use DefenceIn Kobold Corporation v. NCS Multistage Inc., 2021 FC 1437, the Federal Court addressed two often pondered questions in Canadian patent law: can the court decide the construction of a patent’s claims ...
TheSpotlightThe Canadian patent regime has always been unique and flexible. However, many of these unique aspects are disappearing in order to bring Canada’s patent regime into procedural harmony with the practic...
TheSpotlightThe Commissioner of Patents of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently released its decision in Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. The Decision concerns Canadian patent application number 2,837,728...
TheSpotlightAird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 2021 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, a guide that identifies the top...