André Merizzi

M.Sc. [Physics]

Partner / Registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent
andre@mrfip.com 613.618.2417

André holds a graduate degree in physics from the University of Ottawa, focusing in semiconductors, optics, solid state and laser physics. His aptitude for all-things-science and drive to secure market-relevant claims for his clients has led André to advise clients in a gamut of highly technical fields, from ICT and software start-ups to universities, government and medical research agencies and established high-tech companies.

An esteemed expert in Canadian patents, André advises foreign associates in the prosecution of Canadian patent applications. He is an active participant and committee member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and is a current instructor for the Patent Agent Training Course and a member of the Patent Agent Examination Board for three years.

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James Ramsbottom

B.Sc. [Life Science], B.Sc. [Hons. Biology]

Partner / Registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent
james@mrfip.com 416.931.4504

James holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in life sciences and honours biology and was a doctoral graduate student in molecular pharmacology at the University of Trieste in Italy. After collaborating with scientists around the globe as a doctoral student, James developed an interest in intellectual property, going on to manage and help enforce the patent portfolio for a life sciences company in Toronto for two years.

James has worked with scientists and engineers of all disciplines—from biofuels to medical research, devices and pharmaceuticals in public and private sectors. He is the inventor of several Canadian and American patents, as well as author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has acted as scientific advisor to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization and the International Institute for Spinal Regeneration and is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, sitting on the Young Practitioner’s Committee.

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Alistair Forster

B.A.Sc. [Chem. Eng.], LL.B.

Partner / Lawyer; Registered Canadian Trademark Agent
alistair@mrfip.com 613.315.7538

Alistair is our resident chemical-engineer-turned-lawyer. After years of working in the development and testing of medical devices, Alistair practiced in a national intellectual property law firm and served as in-house counsel for a handful of technology-based organizations. He has since joined Merizzi Ramsbottom & Forster as partner and in-house counsel.

Alistair has hands-on experience with patents and patent litigation in both external and internal counsel roles. He has experience in, among other things,  drafting and prosecuting patents; responding to subpoenas and court orders; and advising on copyright, privacy and compliance issues. Today, he works with clients to assess and improve the value of their intellectual property assets and manage their IP and other legal matters to drive business success while identifying and minimizing legal risk. He provides virtual in-house counsel and IP portfolio management services to select tech companies specializing in early-stage and disruptive technologies.

Kimberley Conroy

B.Sc. [Genetics], B.Sc. [Hons. Biochemistry], LL.B.

Registered Canadian Patent Agent / Registered Canadian Trademark Agent
kim@mrfip.com 613.875.4753

Kim holds two scientific degrees in the fields of biochemistry and genetics. She also holds an LL.B. and will soon be admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Registered South African Patent Attorney. Kim practiced at a boutique intellectual property law firm in South Africa for four years before joining Merizzi Ramsbottom & Forster.

Kim specialises in domestic and international patent matters, from drafting and prosecuting patents to patent opinions and enforcing patents through litigation where necessary. She also advises clients on industrial designs, plant breeders’ rights and intellectual property agreements. Kim strives to develop comprehensive, forward-thinking intellectual property strategies which strike an effective balance between competitive advantage and cost. Although Kim’s background is in life sciences and biotechnology, she quickly grasps new technical subject matter and can assist clients with inventions across most fields of technology.

Sarah Gallagher

Patent and Trademark Practice Manager
sgallagher@mrfip.com 778.677.8772

Ella Bluhm

Patent and Trademark Assistant
ella@mrfip.com 778.677.8772

Laura Villa

Administrative Assistant and Accounting
laura@mrfip.com 778.677.8772