Jay Zakaïb is a partner in Gowlings' Ottawa office. Although Jay is a licensed patent agent, the primary focus of his practice deals with patent litigation, mainly in the life sciences, material sciences, petrochemical and agrifood industries, with particular emphasis on patent litigation for innovative pharmaceutical companies for small molecules, macromolecules, formulations, polymorphic and crystalline compositions, and novel uses for known compounds. Jay has represented numerous clients mainly before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as other courts.
Jay has litigated the listing of patents on the Patent Register, and the enforcement of listed patents in Notice of Compliance proceedings. He has handled a variety of trade-mark litigation cases, and has advised several brand owners on enforcement issues for their trade-marks.
Jay also advises clients on managing patent prosecution and regulatory requirements to secure appropriate patent enforcement. He is currently advising clients about protection of medicines with a focus on requirements for securing patent protection and data protection, and the requirements for approving subsequent entry biologics (SEBs).
Prior to his legal studies, Jay worked as a chemical and process engineer for several microelectronic and assembly manufacturers, where his chemistry and engineering skills were applied to research and commercial scale manufacturing processes.
Jay practises in both English and French.