Daphne Lainson is a partner at Smart & Biggar's Ottawa office. She specializes in securing patent protection for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology related inventions. She is a lawyer, a qualified patent and trademark agent, and holds an advanced degree in chemistry. She has been assisting clients with securing patent protection for their innovations for almost two decades. She plays a leading role in client relations management within the firm, particularly in key industrial markets, such as the US, Japan and Germany.
Daphne champions and safeguards the intellectual property rights of her clients, protecting their inventions in new drugs, biologics, medical devices, consumer products, agrochemicals, specialty chemicals, industrial chemical processes, oil, gas and petrochemicals. She also provides advice to clients on pharmaceutical regulatory law. This includes providing strategic advice during patent prosecution and following patent grant for both pharmaceuticals and biologics. She is called upon to advise innovative pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in matters relating to regulatory data exclusivity under the Food and Drug Regulations, patent listing and enforcement under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, Certificates of Supplementary Protection (CSPs) under the CSP Regulations and market access issues, including those relating to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.
Daphne was recognized in the 2017 edition of Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law as a top legal practitioner in Patents. She has been named a World IP Review Leader since 2016, and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada under Property Law since 2015 and under Biotechnology Law since 2014.
In addition to practicing law, Daphne is a registered trademark agent (2001) and a registered patent agent (2002). She holds a M.Sc. in chemistry from Queen's University and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2001.