Each stage of a company’s life cycle or product presents challenges that demand the expertise and resources of a strong legal partner.
The Gowlings Life Sciences Group works with innovative companies around the world that develop products and processes to heal, feed and fuel our economy. Our clients include pharmaceutical companies, medical device developers, agricultural and industrial biotech companies, researchers, investors and Canadian-based companies both large and small.
To support the success of our clients, we’ve mapped out a series of unique legal events that can occur at various stages of a company or product life cycle — from concept and R&D to manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Your legal needs will vary depending on your development stage, your overall business strategy and the general market conditions. Whatever stage you’re at, our professionals are here to guide you through the process and avoid pitfalls along the way.
With extensive life sciences expertise, our corporate finance and M&A professionals are regularly called upon to structure, negotiate and document all manner of commercial contracts, including supply, manufacturing and distribution agreements. Our firm is also recognized as a leader in both domestic and cross-border financings.
Our intellectual property professionals are equally in demand, with top-tier practices in patents, trade-marks and copyrights, along with advertising, marketing and regulatory affairs. Our intellectual property litigation experience includes patent infringement and Patented medicine (Notice of Compliance) [PM(NOC)] proceedings, and our drug pricing team protects your interests and defends your pricing strategies before the Patented Medicines Price Review Board (PMPRB), the courts and Canada's provincial and federal regulators. In addition, Gowlings is counsel of record in more patent infringement actions, more trade-mark proceedings and more PMPRB hearings than any other Canadian firm.
With 150 professionals dedicated to life sciences across the firm, our team is globally recognized and peer-recommended for their expertise in IP, business and advocacy law. Many of our professionals also hold advanced degrees in the life sciences and bring direct industry experience to their practice.
We work closely with our colleagues in offices across Canada and internationally to provide the full range of ancillary advice essential to a comprehensive patent strategy or defence, and the successful completion of any transaction. This includes advice on employment and pensions, real estate and environmental matters, international trade and customs, tax (including research tax credits and transfer pricing), corporate governance, and D&O insurance.