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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


•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


Executive Summary

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.

Publications & Presentations

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.
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•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

Rankings & Recognitions

•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property Law).

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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Claim Construction is to be Reviewed on a Correctness Standard, but the Appreciation of Expert Evidence on Construction is to be Reviewed on a Palpable and Overriding Standard
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, August 26, 2015
ABB has appealed two earlier judgments of the Federal Court: first, ABB's loss on the merits of a patent infringement action and the declaration that its two patents are invalid (2013 FC 947, first summarized here); second, the award of $350,000 in costs in favour of Hyundai (2013 FC 1050).

Contempt Award takes into Account both Prior Conduct and Conduct After the Order
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, August 12, 2015
In this case, Trans-High had previously been successful in a trademark infringement action. Hightimes had been enjoined from selling, distributing or advertising any goods and services in association with the Applicant's mark.However, the respondent continued to do so. A contempt hearing took place...

Late Pleadings Amendments Allowed, but with Solicitor and Client Costs on the Merits of Addressing Them
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders, August 12, 2015
Bombardier brought a motion for leave to amend its Statement of Defence and Counterclaim to expand the list of prior art and include a new ground of invalidity (ambiguity). There were three months left before trial, a pre-trial conference had been held and the parties had exchanged their expert...

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Office Information

Chantal Saunders

100 Queen Street, Suite 1100
OttawaON K1P 1J9


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