Intellectual Property Owners Association

Serving the Global Intellectual Property Community


Canadian Practice


The Canadian Practice Committee seeks to promote a reliable and effective Canadian intellectual property regime through advocacy and education. The Committee identifies, monitors and studies Canadian IP issues, including legislation, judicial decisions, and Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) activities and recommends an IPO position. The Committee envisions a membership including those located in Canada as well as those whose organizations seek or are interested in IP protection in Canada.

Committee Roster

Chair: Arvie Anderson, Eli Lilly and Co.
Chair: Diane Yee, Johnson & Johnson - Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Vice Chair: Santosh K. Chari, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Vice Chair: Andrew Sojonky, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
Secretary: Beverley Moore, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
Board Liaison: Brian Suffredini, United Technologies Corp.
Staff Liaison: Vanessa Pierce Rollins, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Davit Akman
 Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP

 Jeffrey Astle
 United Technologies Corp.

 Andrew Bernstein
 Torys LLP

 Paula Bremner
 Aird & Berlis LLP

 Julie Desrosiers
 Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 George Frank Kondor, Q.C.
 Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP

 Christian Leblanc
 Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 Kimberly McManus
 Aird & McBurney LP

 Beverley Moore
 Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP

 Nancy P. Pei
 Smart & Biggar

 David A. Ruston
 Sim & McBurney

 Andrew Shaughnessy
 Torys LLP

 Patrick Stewart Smith
 Gowling WLG

 Peter R. Wilcox
 Belmore Neidrauer LLP


Non-Voting Member:Jean-Paul Hoffman, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
Non-Voting Member:Bryan Zielinski, Pfizer Inc.

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