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.
· Member, Vancouver Enterprise Forum
· Affiliate, UBC Intellectual Property & Policy Research Group
· Mentor, Student Biotechnology Network
· "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
· Guest Lecturer, LAW 426C: Biotechnology and the Law, "Intellectual Property in Biotechnology", University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, September 19, 2013.
· "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