R. Nelson Godfrey

Barrister and Solicitor, Trade-mark Agent
Vancouver,  BC  Canada
Phone604.682.7780

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Practice Areas

  • Licensing & IP Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Trade-marks
  • Patents
  • Software/Internet/Information Technologies
  • IP Crime
  • Life Sciences
  • Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
  • IP Management & Strategic Counseling
  • Industrial Designs
  • Copyright & Media
 
University University of Saskatchewan, B.Sc. Biochemistry, with High Honours, 2007
 
Law SchoolUniversity of British Columbia, J.D., 2011
 
Admitted2013, British Columbia; Registered Trade-mark Agent, 2013
 
LanguagesEnglish
 
Biography

Nelson Godfrey's practice focusses on all aspects and areas of intellectual property, with particular emphasis on patent and trade-mark prosecution, licensing, commercialization and strategy, privacy matters and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Godfrey has extensive experience drafting a wide array of contractual documents, including licensing and IP transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements and IP development agreements. He also regularly prepares and prosecutes trade-mark and patent applications, as well as memoranda, motions and notices of civil claim with respect to litigation matters including trade-mark oppositions, infringement, privacy and confidential information disputes. As well, Mr. Godfrey has been involved in researching regulatory and IP regimes around the development and delivery of biotechnology products through a Genome Canada-funded research project.

Mr. Godfrey's clients range from small local entities to large multinational corporations located throughout Western Canada, the United States, and internationally. Mr. Godfrey has a unique understanding and comprehension of client needs, having held in-house IP and regulatory roles with two mid-sized biotechnology companies prior to joining the firm. He is committed to the long-term growth and development of the science and technology sectors in British Columbia and Canada, and has been involved with a wide variety of organizations dedicated to that end.

Professional Involvement

Memberships

· Member, Vancouver Enterprise Forum

· Affiliate, UBC Intellectual Property & Policy Research Group

· Mentor, Student Biotechnology Network

Speaking engagements

· "Protecting Privacy and Exploiting Genomics: Existing Legal Regimes as Tools to Monitor, Guide, and Regulate the Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Genomics Data," Moving Genomics from Bench to Bedside, Vancouver, BC, May 24, 2013

· "Socially Beneficial Agricultural Genomics: Regulatory and Intellectual Property Regimes in Canada and Abroad," Student Biotechnology Network: Research Exchange, Vancouver, BC, March 26, 2011

Teaching activities

· Guest Lecturer, LAW 426C: Biotechnology and the Law, "Intellectual Property in Biotechnology", University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, September 19, 2013.

Media

Publications

· "The Environmental Regulation of Genetically Modified Bacteria: Case Studies of Canada's Piecemeal Regulatory Approach to Biotechnology," Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, May 2013, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 97-124

· "Intellectual Property and Sharing Regimes in Agricultural Genomics: Finding the Right Balance for Innovation" (co-author: Emily Marden), Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Summer 2012, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 369-393

 
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Prior Use of an Inaccessible Invention: Is It Disclosure?
R. Nelson Godfrey, February 10, 2014
Canada’s laws provide a one-year grace period for public disclosures by the applicant (or by a person who obtained knowledge of an invention from the applicant) calculated from the Canadian filing date. The particulars of Canada’s grace period are detailed in our article “Public...

Supreme Court of Canada Weighs Personal Privacy Considerations against Freedom of Expression
R. Nelson Godfrey, November 28, 2013
Recent years have witnessed a massive increase in the ready availability of personal information, particularly in digital form, and a concomitant rise in the amount of information on customers and consumers available to businesses. Canadian policy-makers, in response, have instituted extensive...
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R. Nelson Godfrey

2300-1055 West Georgia Street
VancouverBC V6E 3P3
 

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