Melanie’s diverse intellectual property and commercial practice focuses on litigation encompassing patent, trademark, complex commercial, class actions, product liability and technology disputes. Melanie also handles transactional and commercial matters for public and private companies. Her experience spans the spectrum of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotech, life sciences, software, tech, social media, agribusiness, food and beverage, cannabis, and oil and gas.
Melanie excels at litigating cases in emerging fields. For example, she was counsel in the first biologic and the first biosimilar drug patent cases in Canada in addition to numerous precedent-setting trials, applications and appeals. She works extensively with life sciences companies on complex litigation of all sorts and is intimately familiar with the business of pharma and biotech. Melanie also has broad experience in the software, tech and social media spaces, dealing with commercial, patent, trademark, copyright and licensing disputes. She is a registered trademark agent in Canada.
Melanie leverages her diverse litigation experience to represent clients involved in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes and is adept at devising strategic options and navigating cross-border issues. She has extensive experience negotiating and structuring sophisticated resolutions.
Melanie also acts on commercial and M&A transactions involving significant intellectual property assets and IP and IT licensing. She provides guidance on corporate governance with a focus on technology companies. She is widely sought after for her advice on deal and litigation strategy, the evaluation and management of IP portfolios, regulatory issues and cross-border considerations.