Melanie’s diverse commercial and intellectual property litigation practice encompasses patent, trademark, class actions, product liability, cannabis and technology disputes. Melanie excels at litigating cases in emerging fields; for example, she was counsel in the first biologic and the first biosimilar patent cases in Canada, among numerous precedent-setting trials, applications and appeals. She has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts and acts as counsel in mediations and private arbitrations. Melanie works extensively with life sciences companies on complex litigation and is intimately familiar with the business of pharma and biotech. She also has broad experience in the technology, software and social media spaces dealing with commercial, patent, trademark, copyright and licensing disputes. Melanie leverages her eclectic litigation experience to represent clients in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, adeptly devising strategic options and navigating cross-border issues. She regularly speaks and teaches on advocacy and intellectual property topics, is an active member of numerous professional organizations, and is consistently recognized as a leading Canadian litigator.
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