Sébastien Gittens has a general corporate commercial law practice with a focus on intellectual property transactions, the commercialization of intellectual property, and privacy. He routinely assists energy, private equity, biotechnology, medical marijuana, pharmaceutical and information technology clients with all aspects of intellectual property, such as the protection of intellectual property, the negotiation of IP aspects of major mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, the licensing of intellectual property rights, creating strategic alliances and joint ventures, anti-spam compliance, cybersecurity, and ecommerce.
Sébastien is also a registered trademark agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Sébastien obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and articled with the firm. He also obtained his Master of Laws at Stanford University. The culmination of his academic experience has enabled him to practice at the forefront of law's intersection with commerce, science and technology.
In university, Sébastien earned numerous scholarships and awards, including the John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Law, Science and Technology Colloquium, the Talisman Energy Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship in Law, and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship.
Sébastien is a director of the Calgary Parking Authority. He was also a director of the Westmount Charter School Society and a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada's Licensing Committee.
University of Alberta, BSc (Pharmacology Specialization), 1999University of Alberta, PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering), 2004University of Calgary, LLB, 2007Stanford University (USA), LLM (Law, Science and Technology), 2009