A distinguishing feature of our practice is our expertise in the vast array of regulatory regimes at the federal and provincial levels. We advise numerous clients, including manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacies, on all matters, including product approvals and labelling, pricing and reimbursement, price controls, product listing agreements, rebates, professional allowances, interchangeability of drugs, conflict of interest issues, procurement matters, freedom of information matters, drug advertising, drug import and export issues, clinical trials, and recalls.
Clients also retain Blakes for strategic advice on protecting their innovations and collaborating with others in the research and development of pharmaceutical, biological, device and combination products. We handle patent and other intellectual property protection, portfolio management, risk management and litigation. Many Blakes practitioners have advanced degrees in life sciences and other related technologies.
We also have significant experience in research and development, product acquisition, distribution, licence, technology transfer, collaboration, strategic alliance, joint venture and other industry specific arrangements. As life science companies look to consolidate operations, acquire products or technology, divest themselves of non-strategic products or functions, or attract partners and research funding, they rely on Blakes, a leader in M&A, securities, finance and competition law.
When disputes arise, Blakes is a leading choice for representation. Successfully advocating for life sciences industry clients in high-profile litigation matters, we have one of the most experienced Class Actions teams in Canada and are among a small number of Canadian firms with notable success at trial and on dispositive applications and motions. Recognized as leading Canadian lawyers in product liability defence, we have handled precedent-setting cases, including the first medical device class action to go to trial in Canada.
Additionally, we advise on income tax, commodity tax and cross-border tax issues, including transfer pricing, marketing and advertising, privacy, employment and real estate matters.
We are active in industry organizations and offer timely and insightful industry information to help our clients stay abreast of legal developments and trends.