I am a lawyer and patent agent practicing in the area of intellectual property, primarily in the area of patent litigation. I have extensive experience representing clients in all types of intellectual property litigation and have appeared in the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court. I have represented clients in significant technology related disputes including BlackBerry in litigation against Visto on patents relating to push email, and BMO, TD and RBC in litigation with DataTreasury on a cheque processing patent. I am a partner at DLA Piper Canada LLP, one of the leading intellectual property firms in Canada. Material on this website are my own views and do not reflect the position of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, any of its member firms around the world, or any of its clients.
My background is in engineering physics specializing in computer science with an honours math option which I earned at the University of British Columbia. From there, I attended the University of Toronto law school obtaining a J.D. degree. I was called to the bar in Ontario in 2006. I am a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States and a registered trademark agent in Canada.
I am a regular columnist for Slaw on intellectual property issues and a co-author of the intellectual property chapter for Canadian Commercial Law Guide (CCH).
The IPPractice website grew out of my hobby to use computers and programming to gather and share intellectual property information for myself, friends and colleagues.
My first project was the patent retriever that I wrote in my first months as a summer student during law school to automate the process of obtaining electronic copies of patents and patent applications. At the time, some people were printing TIFF documents page-by-page, and scanning the paper to obtain a PDF of the patent. The next module developed from my interest in monitoring the dockets of proceedings in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Rather than manually checking each proceeding on a regular basis, I wrote software to check and email the results. Soon a database was tracking the files and additional features were incorporated.
My data has been cited in many presentations and I have consulted on several Supreme Court of Canada applications.
Today, I sent about 1400 emails a day to lawyers, agents and legal professionals across Canada and around the world with updates on intellectual property – over a million emails since the service was started. Over the years, IPPractice has become one of the leading sources for news and information in Canada on this subject.