Dr. Thuy Nguyen is a partner in Smart & Biggar's Ottawa office. For close to 20 years she has focused on drafting and prosecuting biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents. Her practice involves all aspects of patent procurement in Canada including preparing patentability infringement and validity opinions, developing and managing patent portfolios, conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence evaluations, strategic planning and general client counselling on patent matters.
Thuy has worked with clients ranging from small biotechnology start-ups and universities to major biochemical, biopharmaceutical and bioagricultural companies. Her technical expertise lies in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, specifically in antibody technology, intracellular trafficking and chaperone activity, agricultural biotechnology, stem cell technology and personalized medicine.
In her practice, Thuy is mindful of her clients' business objectives and strives to obtain results that meet those objectives within the clients' global strategy. She is knowledgeable about the patent-related regulatory requirements that apply to biopharmaceuticals being marketed in Canada, and works with clients to help protect their innovations and products in the marketplace.
In her earlier career, Thuy took a direct role in starting a biotechnology spin off company in Canada. This wide-ranging experience affords her a real understanding of how the law and science must work together to advance the business development goals of the clients she assists. She also provides in-house educational training and seminars on patent law and related matters, and participates as a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa.
Thuy is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a member of the Legal Affairs Advisory Board of BioteCanada. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.