Biotech, Pharma & Lifesciences

Key Contacts

Kratz Martin High Resolution Image Martin P.J. Kratz QC, FCIPS
Partner, Trademark Agent
T: 403.298.3650
Reiter Barry High Resolution Image Barry J. Reiter
Partner, Head of Technology, Media and Entertainment
T: 416.777.6500

Biotechnology relies on continuous innovation, an ability to obtain and sustain funding for research and development, and having the intellectual property protection in place to exploit and market new inventions and processes. Bennett Jones is an active, committed advisor to the biotechnology industry, serving the medical, energy and consumer products sectors.

Our team of lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents brings extensive technical knowledge and advanced degrees in the life sciences to the wide range of issues affecting the sector. We provide support on intellectual property protection and enforcement, commercialization of new products and processes, venture capitalization and financing, and government regulation. Possessing excellent relationships with regulatory, contracting and grant-making authorities as well as leading academic institutions and angel and venture capital networks, our goal is to provide industry participants with clear, concise legal counsel that advances mutual interests and maximizes the value of clients' tangible and intangible assets.

Our clients are located in thriving research centres across Canada and around the world, and include start-ups, incubators, Centres for Excellence, clinical and diagnostic research laboratories and private and public companies involved in the development and production of biomedical products and devices. On their behalf, we have negotiated a variety of funding arrangements, drafted joint venture, development, licensing and transfer agreements, prepared and prosecuted patent applications, managed domestic and international patent portfolio applications and handled various enforcement proceedings both domestically and internationally relating to patent infringement, anti-counterfeiting and protection of trade secrets.

Select Experience

  • Fluorinov Pharma Inc., a privately-held oncology company, in connection with its $10 million acquisition by Trillium Therapeutics Inc.
  • Park Lawn Corporation in connection with the $24.2 million bought deal prospectus offering of 2,105,400 subscription receipts in December, 2015 - Counsel to syndicate of underwriters led by National Bank Financial Inc.
  • Canadian counsel to Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, in connection with a $84 billion (implied enterprise value) reorganization and combination of their respective businesses and the separation of their non- property and property businesses into two new Hong Kong-listed companies, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited. The transaction also involved a transfer of approximately 6% percent of the shares of Husky Energy Inc.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2015, Chambers Global The Worlds Leading Lawyers for Business

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Intellectual Property

    A well-rounded firm that advises on domestic and cross-border patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation. Often acts on the IP aspects of M&A, financings and insolvency deals. Active across the telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical, agriculture, mining and petrochemical sectors.

    "They provide quick responses and have a knowledgeable team - the thoroughness of the information they provide impresses me."

    "They have a proactive approach."

  • 2013, Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards

    Bennett Jones, winner, Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year - Canada
  • 2012, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, repeatedly recommended, Personal Injury

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