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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Causes of Action Found Against Pfizer for a BC Class-Action Certification Based On the VIAGRA® Patent
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, August 19, 2014
Pfizer had a Canadian patent for VIAGRA® that was found to not comply with the disclosure requirement by the Supreme Court in an earlier PM(NOC) proceeding (Teva Canada Ltd. v. Pfizer Canada Inc., 2012 SCC 60). This finding was later applied on summary judgment in favour of Apotex (Apotex v....

With Quantum of Damages Settled, Parties Unable to Agree on Quantum of Costs or Calculation of Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest in Section 8 Case
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, August 19, 2014
In the Federal Court’s earlier decision (summary here), the parties were instructed to attempt to reach an agreement on the quantity of damages and costs in an action for damages under section 8 of the PM(NOC) Regulations. These supplementary reasons report that the parties agreed on the...

Appeal Dismissed: Dispute over Ownership, Alleged Copyright Infringement of Software Programs, Scope of a License, and the Revocation of a Certificate of Registration
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, August 12, 2014
This was an appeal from a judgment of the Federal Court (decision here, summary here) dismissing the action for damages of Elizabeth Posada (“Posada”) and the company incorporated by Posada, Planification-Organisation-Publications Systèmes (POPS) Ltée (“POPS”),...

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Ryan Steeves

100 Queen Street, Suite 1100
OttawaON K1P 1J9


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