THE FIRM Norton Rose has a strong global footprint in IP, and represents some of the world's largest companies with notable activity in the pharma, life sciences and financial services sectors. The firm is well known for its pharmaceutical patent litigation practice, and represented Pfizer in a patent impeachment action concerning the drug Viagra. It also acted for GlaxoSmithKline on an application under the PM(NOC) regulations relating to a Canadian patent covering dutasteride. The firm also holds the patent drafting and prosecution mandates for companies such as Research In Motion and Bombardier and manages the trade mark portfolios of Dial, Del Monte and Heinz.
Sources say: "Excellent lawyers with a lot of experience."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Patrick Kierans is the global leader of the firm's pharmaceuticals and life sciences practice. He focuses on patent and trade mark litigation, and was involved in the abovementioned Pfizer case.
Judith Robinson works out of Montréal and co-chairs the firm's national IP group. She advises on patent litigation, predominantly in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, and also specialises in drug regulatory law.
Jason Markwell's practice covers PM(NOC) compliance, infringement actions, data protection, advertising and IP strategy, amongst other areas of expertise.
Claude Brunet "is a hugely respected copyright lawyer in Canada." One source enthused: "He is very professional, and the most pleasant person you will ever have to deal with."
Jane Caskey advises on patent and trade mark litigation in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. She was involved in the GlaxoSmithKline patent litigation alongside Patrick Kierans.
Brian Gray represented the Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association and the Canadian Bankers Association against Amazon.com in a business methods patent case.