Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian full service intellectual property law firm serving clients across all industries around the world. Founded in 1965, the firm has grown to be one of the largest IP firms in Canada with offices located in major economic and technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 70 lawyers, patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognized as leading practitioners in their specialized fields. The firm has established a depth of legal talent and systems to service clients in every aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law and IP litigation. Bereskin & Parr and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for IP law in Canada.
The firm’s practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property, and includes the following practice groups:
Patents: The firm’s patent practice is comprised of specialized industry groups: Life Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Fintech, Mechanical & Industrial Processes, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Cleantech, Medical Devices and Nanotechnology. Each group includes highly-skilled professionals with the appropriate education and experience required to best manage and protect our clients’ IP portfolios. Professionals in these groups advise on drafting and prosecuting patent applications, securing design patents, licensing, tech-transfer, transactions, due diligence, portfolio management and freedom to operate matters.
Bereskin & Parr’s Life Sciences practice group is comprised of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds and industry expertise, ensuring members stay at the forefront of trends in the ever-changing industry, and in the law that relates to it. Our professionals hold graduate and doctoral degrees in immunology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and human genetics and experimental medicine. This expert knowledge allows us to advise on and protect technology in all areas of life sciences including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food science, materials, bio informatics, plants genetics and plant breeders’ rights.
Our Engineering & Technology practice group is devoted to helping clients build, protect and enforce their intellectual property. All members of our group are trained as engineers or in the physical sciences. Many members of the team have practical experience with technology companies in technical, business and legal roles, including several who have extensive experience in building and managing valuable patent portfolios for entrepreneurial companies.
Members of our Mechanical & Industrial Processes practice group work in a wide range of areas such as medical devices, oil and gas exploration and recovery technologies, transportation equipment, building products, water treatment systems, manufacturing technologies such as injection molding, commercial and retail products such as office furniture and household appliances. Many of our professionals also have multi-disciplinary technical experience, which enables us to more effectively protect inventions that include commercial equipment, consumer products, manufacturing processes, chemical production and products, and oil and gas recovery and processing, in combination with chemical, electrical and electronic aspects.
Trademarks: The firm’s Trademarks professionals offer unique advantages and services which help to ensure that our clients’ trademarks are managed and protected effectively and efficiently. The team is experienced in creating and managing worldwide trademark portfolios, managing domain name registrations and dispute resolution, litigating trademark disputes, and coordinating our clients’ Canadian needs with an international strategy — a competitive advantage when working on behalf of clients whose markets span the globe.
Litigation: Bereskin and Parr’s Litigation professionals represent clients in some of Canada’s most important intellectual property cases. The firm’s professionals have appeared in courts across Canada from provincial courts and courts of appeal, to the Supreme Court of Canada. Before commencing any litigation, the team carefully reviews all options available to the client, including negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. When litigation is necessary, the strategy with the client is carefully planned, and clients are always treated as an essential member of the litigation team.
IP Management & Strategic Counseling: Bereskin & Parr offers a full range of IP Management & Strategic Counseling services, from protecting IP assets to assisting in the development and management of a growing IP portfolio. The team also advises on securing and commercializing intellectual property rights, drafting IP agreements, in addition to identifying and managing a strong IP portfolio that complements business goals, maximizes profits and offers a dynamic advantage in the marketplace.
Licensing & Transactions: The firm’s Licensing & Transactions professionals prepare well-drafted agreements that protect intellectual property assets to ensure successful business relationships with collaborators, business partners, employees, independent contractors, suppliers, investors, buyers or sellers. The team structures deals that best protect our clients’ business interests around the world.
Regulatory, Advertising & Marketing: The Regulatory, Advertising & Marketing practice group at Bereskin & Parr is committed to keeping our clients abreast of the regulatory changes that impact the way that they market and advertise their products and services in Canada. Professionals in this group advise clients on all IP issues arising from the marketing of a product, packaging and labelling advice, conduct Internet reviews, and counsel on matters governed by privacy or consumer protection legislation and regulatory agencies.
Copyright & Digital Media: Bereskin & Parr’s Copyright & Digital Media professionals protect Internet and e-commerce-related trademarks and copyright, handle domain name protection and related disputes, and advise on the protection of copyright and other digital IP rights. The group is experienced in providing legal advice related to the Internet, social media and other digital and interactive platforms such as smartphone applications. They effectively manage digital brand portfolios and are familiar with the nuances of clearing, acquiring and enforcing IP rights online, while setting effective digital policies and terms and conditions that customers understand.
Industrial Design: Bereskin & Parr’s Industrial Designs practice group has a keen appreciation for product and packaging design. Members of this group work with clients to ensure they understand the advantages and limitations of all forms of legal protection for designs, including when to turn to copyright and trademark rights in addition to pursuing design registrations and design patents. The firm’s professionals also have multi-disciplinary technical experience that enables them to effectively protect designs.