Jeff Coles is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office. A lawyer, he is also a Registered Canadian and US Patent Agent who has an advanced degree in medical sciences. Jeff’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters involving a variety of innovation-intensive industries such as life sciences (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology generally), agrotechnology, clean tech, oil & gas, environmental technologies and energy. His practice involves patent drafting and prosecution, including providing strategic advice on intellectual property portfolio and risk management in the context of commercialization and IP transactions. He specifically assists companies by coordinating intellectual property, regulatory and commercial strategies. He has acted on behalf of a range of clients whose activities span the globe, including entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage ventures, universities, government organizations, SMEs and multinational corporations. Jeff obtained significant research experience through his post-graduate studies at the University of Alberta and his work at the Chemical Biological Defence Section of the Canadian Department of National Defence. Jeff has been recognized in LMG Rising Stars as a "Rising Star" in Life Sciences.