Ryan Steeves: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Ryan Steeves

Ottawa,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trade-marks
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Licensing
  • Life Sciences
University Yale University, B.A., Political Science/Pre-Medicine, 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of Ottawa, J.D., Common Law, 2011
Admitted2012, Ontario

Executive Summary

Ryan Steeves is an associate in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Ryan practises intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent litigation and applications under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (NOC Regulations). He also assists clients with regulatory matters such as listing patents on the Patent Register and reporting patents to the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB).

Ryan also assists clients in the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Canada and around the world. In particular, Ryan assists clients in the resolution of their commercial intellectual property disputes, namely in the areas of trade-marks, copyright, and domain names, as well as with licensing/agreement issues involving intellectual property rights.

Ryan began his career at BLG as a summer student (2011), completed his articles with the Firm (2011-12) and returned as an associate in August 2012.

Publications & Presentations

· Author, "Amendments to the Copyright Act Proclaimed into Force," BLG's Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, November 2012 (with Hafeez Rupani).

· Contributor, Carswell's 2012 Copyright Year in Review and the 2011 Patent Year in Review.

· Contributing Author, case law updates for the Canadian Bar Association's quarterly e-newsletter.

· Collaborated on a white paper entitled "Infringement of Trade-marks by Goods in Transit" for the International Association of the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

Representative Work

· Acting as counsel for innovative companies asserting validity and infringement of patents during proceedings brought pursuant to the NOC Regulations.

· Advising clients on patent portfolio issues relating to listing patents on the Patent Register, reporting to the PMPRB, and data protection.

· Preparing, filing and prosecuting trade-mark applications, including registrability opinions.

· Assisting clients in trade-mark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

· Assisting clients in trade-mark disputes, namely infringement, passing off and expungement proceedings.

· Preparing intellectual property guidelines (with respect to the use, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights).

· Assisting clients in the protection, acquisition and litigation of copyright.

· Resolving ownership/inventorship/authorship disputes.

· Drafting intellectual property licenses, agreements and assignments.

Professional Involvement

· Member, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and the County of Carleton Law Association

· Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and International Trademark Association

Community Involvement

· Cabinet Member, United Way's Community Services Cabinet, 2010-present

· Volunteer Reader, BLG Reads to Kids Program, 2011-present

· Assistant Coach, Varsity Men's Hockey Team, University of Ottawa, 2007-11


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Damages in Tort Awarded Against Her Majesty in Respect of the Issuance of an NOC
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, December 5, 2014
In 1988, Apotex Inc. (“Apotex”) filed a submission for approval of its trazodone product with Health Canada. The Apotex product was ultimately approved in 1995, at which time two other generic companies already had approval in respect of their trazodone products. Apotex commenced the...

Patent Not Eligible for Listing: Patent Claiming One Medicinal Ingredient, but directed to a Fixed-Dose Combination of Medicines
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, November 10, 2014
This was an appeal from two decisions for three proceedings before Prothonotary Milczynski, in which she determined that a patent could not be listed on the Patent Register under the PM(NOC) Regulations (the “Regulations”). The issue to be decided on appeal, according to Justice Hughes,...

Federal Court Overturns Prothonotary’s Order Striking Paragraphs from Defence
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, October 21, 2014
This was a motion appealing the order of a prothonotary in the context of a patent infringement case. In the order appealed from, the Prothonotary granted the Plaintiffs’ motion and struck a number of paragraphs (and portions thereof) from the Defendants’ Amended Statement of Defence...

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Ryan Steeves

100 Queen Street, Suite 1100
OttawaON K1P 1J9


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