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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Patents
  • Healthcare Intellectual Property Protection and Commercialization
Contact InfoTelephone: 613.369.4783
Fax: 613.230.8842
University Queen's University, B.Sc., Hons., 1997
Law SchoolDalhousie University, LL.B., 2001
Admitted2002, Ontario; registered Patent Agent

Professional Involvement

•Member, Canadian Bar Association; Chair, Newsletter Committee, National Intellectual Property Section
•Member, County of Carleton Law Association
•Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Litigation Committee, Emerging Issues Committee and Legislation Committee
•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Member, American Bar Association


Chantal Saunders specializes in intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation and particularly pharmaceutical litigation under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. She is a lawyer and registered patent agent in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Her practice also involves copyright and trade-mark infringement litigation, and Access to Information Act matters. She has appeared before the Federal Courts on patent, trade-mark and copyright matters. Chantal also advises clients with respect to data protection, and issues arising in respect of the Patent Register, and the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.


•S elected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property Law).


Chantal is a frequent blogger on the “ BLG Not-for-Profit and Charity Law in Canada Blog ”. This Blog is intended to be of value to anyone in Canada who has any involvement with Not-For-Profit Organizations or Charities.

•Contributing Author and Co-Editor, BLG's Intellectual Property Weekly Abstracts Bulletin.
•Co-Author, Court Guidance Needed Under Sound Prediction Doctrine, Drug Development & Outsourcing Guide 2015, Contact Canada (with Beverley Moore).
•Author, Examinations for Discovery, Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies, Carswell, 2003-present (with Kevin LaRoche; 2012 supplement).
•Co- Author, Sound Prediction in Canada: The Promise is Still Important, Drug Development & Outsourcing Guide 2014, Contact Canada (with Beverley Moore).
•Author, Changing Standards Re Patent Utility Problematic for Industry, Drug Development & Outsourcing Guide 2012, Contact Canada.
•Contributing Editor, Canadian Food and Drug Legislation & Commentary, 2012 Edition, LexisNexis Canada, 2011.
•Author, Sufficiency of Disclosure and Sound Prediction Requirements in Canada, IPO Committee Newsletter, August 2011 (with Beverley Moore).
•Author, The Canadian Biotechnology Public Policy Agenda, Biotechnology Focus, September 2011 (with Beverley Moore and Jeffrey Graham).
•Contributing Author, Life Sciences & Chemical Patent Practice in Canada: A Practical Guide, 3rd edition, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 2011, available free of charge at

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Appeared before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. Acting as counsel for innovator companies in proceedings brought pursuant to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. Acting as counsel in patent infringement and patent impeachment actions. Acting as counsel in trademark infringement and expungement proceedings. Acting as counsel in a copyright infringement action. Acting as counsel for innovator companies in judicial review proceedings relating to listing of patents on the Patent Register. Advising clients with respect to data protection, listing patents on the Patent Register and reporting patents to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.

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No Special Circumstances Found to Allow the Addition of a New Ground of Opposition 10 Days before Hearing
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, October 8, 2015
McDowell has been opposing the registration of Automatic's trademark application for HONEY B. FLY. The application was filed in 2009, and the opposition has been ongoing since. In August 2014, 10 days before hearing, McDowell sought leave to file an Amended Statement of Opposition. The amendment...

When Assessing Confusion in Relation to Word Marks, One Must Look Beyond any Single Use to the Entire Scope of the Registration
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, September 24, 2015
The Federal Court granted an appeal from the Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB); quashed its decision and remitted the matter back for further determination. One of the applicants had registered the trademarks PINNACLES and PINNACLES RANCHES in association with wine. A second applicant, another...

New Evidence on Appeal Still Fails To Show Evidence of Use of the Mark as a Trademark
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, September 18, 2015
Illico has unsuccessfully appealed from a decision of the Register of Trademarks, who expunged the registration of the trademark ILLICO COMMUNICATION for a failure to provide evidence of use of the mark for the registered services over the relevant three-year period.

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Chantal Saunders

100 Queen Street, Suite 1100
OttawaON K1P 1J9


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