R. Nelson Godfrey

Barrister and Solicitor, Trade-mark Agent
Vancouver,  BC  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Licensing & IP Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Software/Internet/Information Technologies
  • Copyright & Media
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
  • IP Management & Strategic Counselling
  • Industrial Designs
  • IP Crime
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

Professional Involvement


•Member, Vancouver Enterprise Forum
•Affiliate, UBC Intellectual Property & Policy Research Group
•Mentor, Student Biotechnology Network
•Member, Canadian Bar Association


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

Nelson 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 trademark and patent applications, as well as memoranda, motions and notices of civil claim with respect to litigation matters including trademark oppositions, infringement, privacy and confidential information disputes. As well, Nelson has been involved in researching regulatory and IP regimes around the development and delivery of biotechnology products through a Genome Canada-funded research project.

Nelson works with clients ranging from small local entities to multinational corporations located throughout Western Canada, the United States and internationally. Nelson 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.


Limelight v Akamai and indirect patent infringement in Canada, IP Update - Canada, August 13, 2014; Lexology, August 13, 2014; Mondaq, August 14, 2014; CCCA Members Knowledge Centre, August 2014 International Law Office Intellectual Property Newsletter, August 26, 2014
•Prior use of an inaccessible invention: is it disclosure? IP Update - Canada, February 6, 2014; Lexology, February 6, 2014; Mondaq, February 7, 2014; CCCA Members Knowledge Centre, February 2014; International Law Office Intellectual Property Newsletter, February 24, 2014
•Supreme Court of Canada weighs personal privacy considerations against freedom of expression, IP Update - Canada, November 26, 2013; Lexology, November 26, 2013; Mondaq, November 26, 2013; CCCA Members Knowledge Centre, November 2013; International Law Office Intellectual Property Newsletter, February 24, 2014
•“Case Studies of African Agricultural Biotechnology Regulation: Precautionary and Harmonized Policy-Making in the Wake of the Cartagena Protocol and the AU Model Law, Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review, November 2013, Vol. 35, pp. 409-432
•“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

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.


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Limelight v Akamai and Indirect Patent Infringement in Canada
R. Nelson Godfrey, August 14, 2014
Recently, in Limelight Networks Inc v Akamai Technologies Inc et al (“Akamai”), 134 S Ct 2111 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that one cannot be liable for inducing infringement of a U.S. patent when no one has directly infringed that U.S. patent. “Inducing...
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R. Nelson Godfrey

2300-1055 West Georgia Street
VancouverBC V6E 3P3

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