Our Council

IPIC Council - 2017-2018

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Grant Lynds
President

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Grant Lynds is a patent agent, trademark agent and a principal at Marks & Clerk in Ottawa, where his practice covers patent and industrial design prosecution, IP litigation, trademark oppositions and patent licensing. Grant spent a number of years as in-house IP licensing and litigation counsel for Nortel, where he negotiated patent licenses and managed US and Canadian litigation, arbitration and mediation. Grant is the Chair of IPIC’s Intervention Committee and previously served as Chair of the Litigation Committee and as a Councillor from 2010-2012. Grant is also a member of the Ontario and New York bars, a patent attorney in the US, and a professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.

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Stephen Beney
Outgoing President

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Stephen Beney is a patent agent in Canada and the US and a partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP in Mississauga. He is also head of the firm’s Medical Devices practice group. In addition to his extensive patent work, Stephen has experience in preparing and prosecuting industrial design applications.

Stephen has contributed extensively to patent education. He has authored or co-authored many articles on patent law. He has been a lecturer and tutor for the annual IPIC-McGill Patent Course for several years, and is a past Director of that course. Stephen also lectures and tutors for the annual IPIC Patent Agent Training Course.

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Patrick Smith
Vice President

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Patrick Smith is a patent agent and a partner at Gowling WLG where he is currently the leader of the Calgary office’s Intellectual Property Group, and is also a member of the firm’s Life Sciences group.

Patrick has won multiple awards and distinctions and serves on several IPIC Committees, including the Foundation Committee, the IP Trade Policy Committee and the Litigation Committee. He is a regular writer and speaker on key IP issues impacting companies operating in Canada. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa and now mentors students, associates and junior partners at the firm.

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Alain Leclerc
Secretary

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Alain M. Leclerc is a patent agent, trademark agent, lawyer and co-managing partner of Goudreau Gage Dubuc, a firm that he joined in 1992. He oversees the day-to-day operations of its patent sector and presides over its chemical practice group. In addition to a busy patent prosecution practice for clients here and abroad, his expertise is sought in the areas of litigation, due diligence and portfolio value building.

He has been a member of the Patent Agents Exam Standards Committee for many years and chaired the committee from 2007 to 2011. 

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Stephanie Chong
Treasurer

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Stephanie Chong is a trademark agent, lawyer and partner with the Toronto firm of Hoffer Adler LLP. Stephanie’s practice focuses on the acquisition, enforcement and maintenance of trademarks, including providing clients with business-oriented advice about their brand strategy from an IP perspective. Stephanie has broad experience in clearing, registering and licensing trademarks, as well as in representing clients in proceedings before the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Federal Court. 

Stephanie has served on the Internet Committee, and Litigation Committee, has Chaired the Forums & Seminars Committee and is currently Chair of the Indigenous IP Committee. She is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of IP topics, and regularly mentors students and young lawyers who have an interest in the IP profession.

 

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Christian Bolduc
Councillor

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Christian Bolduc is a trademark agent and a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh’s Montreal office. His experience covers all stages of the trademark life cycle and consists primarily of procurement, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, management, strategic counselling and enforcement, in Canada and abroad. Christian also advises clients on commercial issues and transactions involving trademarks, including the negotiation and drafting of license agreements, international co-existence agreements, IP asset audits, and the preparation and implementation of due diligence investigations.  

Over the years, Christian has served on many IPIC committees, including recently as Chair of the International Trademark Issues Committee, as member of the Trademark Legislation Committee and as Chair of the IPIC-McGill Courses Liaison Committee. Christian is also a frequent speaker on trademarks.

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Nathaniel Lipkus
Councillor

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Nathaniel is a patent and trademark agent and an intellectual property litigator with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto. His practice focuses on contentious legal issues confronting innovation-intensive industries, with an emphasis on patent and regulatory issues facing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition to his role as advocate, Nathaniel provides strategic advice on intellectual property portfolio and risk management, including in the context of IP transactions. He has assisted companies in a variety of innovation-intensive industries by coordinating intellectual property, regulatory and commercial strategies. Nathaniel also has a depth of experience advising on international trade-related intellectual property matters.

Nathaniel has been a member of IPIC since 2007. He has been an active member of many IPIC committees, including: Patent Legislation Committee, Litigation Committee, Editorial Board of the CIPR. He chaired the IP Trade Policy Committee from 2013 to 2015 and currently Chairs the Life Science Committee. 

 

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Joanne Nardi
Councillor

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Joanne is a trademark agent and the Manager of Intellectual Property at Molson Coors, where she manages the worldwide IP portfolio. She is an active participant in IPIC committees, has sat on the Internet Committee, Corporate Practitioners Committee, International Trademark Issues Committee, Trademark Practice Committee, and has Chaired the Forums & Seminars Committee and the Trademark Agent Training Course Committee.

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Alexandra Steele
Councillor

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Alexandra Steele is a trial lawyer with a focus on IP Litigation at Robic, LLP. Her practice covers patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation. She is admitted to the Quebec Bar and is an accredited mediator in civil and commercial matters with the Quebec Bar.

Alexandra is a frequent speaker on intellectual property law and advocacy. She was one of the original members of the Federal Court IP Users Committee (a joint Committee of IPIC, CBA and the Federal Court) and is also past Chair of the
Forums and Seminars Committee.


The members of Council (IPIC’s board of directors) are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Council is composed of nine members: the immediate past president, four officers and four councillors.

Every member of Council is elected for a term of one year. However, IPIC has adopted a practice which, subject to the vote by the members at the AGM, provides for continuity by allowing councillors to serve on Council for two years with two new members being elected each year.

After being absent from Council for at least a year, a former councillor may be invited by the Nominating Committee to become the treasurer. This person makes a five year commitment: after being treasurer, he or she normally becomes secretary then vice-president, president and finally, past president.

The Nominating Committee is composed of the president, the two immediate past presidents, and a fourth member. The Nominating Committee considers, among others, the names of IPIC members who, on their committee application form, have expressed an interest in serving on Council. The Nominating Committee also takes into consideration volunteer involvement by members as well as the requirement of maintaining a representative Council.