Our Council

IPIC Council 2018-2019

  patricksmith.jpg Patrick Smith
President

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Patrick Smith is a patent agent and a partner at Gowling WLG where he is currently the leader of the Calgary office’s Intellectual Property Group, and is also a member of the firm’s Life Sciences group.

Patrick has won multiple awards and distinctions and serves on several IPIC Committees, including the Foundation Committee, the IP Trade Policy Committee and the Litigation Committee. He is a regular writer and speaker on key IP issues impacting companies operating in Canada. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa and now mentors students, associates and junior partners at the firm.

  grantlynds.jpg Grant W. Lynds
Past President

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Grant Lynds is a patent agent, trademark agent and a partner at Marks & Clerk in Ottawa, where his practice covers patent and industrial design prosecution, IP litigation, trademark oppositions and patent licensing. Grant spent a number of years as in-house IP licensing and litigation counsel for Nortel, where he negotiated patent licenses and managed US and Canadian litigation, arbitration and mediation. Grant is the Chair of IPIC’s Intervention Committee and previously served as Chair of the Litigation Committee and as a Councillor from 2010-2012. Grant is also a member of the Ontario and New York bars, a patent attorney in the US, and a professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.

  alain.jpg Alain Leclerc
Vice President

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Alain M. Leclerc is a patent agent, trademark agent, lawyer and is a partner and practice leader of Lavery’s intellectual property group and member of the Board of Directors of the firm (previously comanaging partner with Goudreau Gage Dubuc* since 2006 and partner since 1994). He specializes in intellectual property with emphasis on patents. In addition to a busy patent prosecution practice for clients here and abroad, his expertise is sought in the areas of intellectual property litigation, due diligence, strategy, portfolio value building and licensing. He is particularly active in patent litigation and appeared before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has been a member of the Patent Agents Exam Standards Committee for many years and chaired the committee from 2007 to 2011. 

  stephanie.jpg Stephanie Chong
Secretary

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Stephanie Chong is a trademark agent, lawyer and partner with the Toronto firm of Hoffer Adler LLP. Stephanie’s practice focuses on the acquisition, enforcement and maintenance of trademarks, including providing clients with business-oriented advice about their brand strategy from an IP perspective. Stephanie has broad experience in clearing, registering and licensing trademarks, as well as in representing clients in proceedings before the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Federal Court. 

Stephanie has served on the Internet Committee, and Litigation Committee, has Chaired the Forums & Seminars Committee and is currently Chair of the Indigenous IP Committee. She is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of IP topics, and regularly mentors students and young lawyers who have an interest in the IP profession.

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Louis-Pierre Gravelle
Treasurer

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Louis-Pierre Gravelle is a partner with the Montreal firm ROBIC where he specializes in the drafting and prosectuion of patent applications and providing patentability, validity, infrigement and rights to manufacture opinions in the fields of electricity, telecommunications, mechanicals and information technology. He is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States since 1998. In addition to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, Louis-Pierre is involved in due dilligence matters and in managing patent portfolio. He is also involved in strategic consulting for medium and large-sized businesses.

Louis-Pierre currently serves as a member of the IPIC Patent Practice and Professional Regulation committees.

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Nathaniel Lipkus
Councillor

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Nathaniel is a patent and trademark agent and an intellectual property litigator with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto. His practice focuses on contentious legal issues confronting innovation-intensive industries, with an emphasis on patent and regulatory issues facing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition to his role as advocate, Nathaniel provides strategic advice on intellectual property portfolio and risk management, including in the context of IP transactions. He has assisted companies in a variety of innovation-intensive industries by coordinating intellectual property, regulatory and commercial strategies. Nathaniel also has a depth of experience advising on international trade-related intellectual property matters.

Nathaniel has been a member of IPIC since 2007. He has been an active member of many IPIC committees, including: Patent Legislation Committee, Litigation Committee, Editorial Board of the CIPR. He chaired the IP Trade Policy Committee from 2013 to 2015 and currently Chairs the Life Science Committee. 

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Joanne Nardi
Councillor

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Joanne is the Manager of Global Intellectual Property at Molson Coors, where she manages a worldwide portfolio of about 8,000 assets. Prior to joining Molson Coors she worked at a large national law firm, starting her career at what is now Thomson Reuters.  She became a registered trademark agent in 1998. 

Joanne has been an active member of IPIC and INTA for many years, serving on a number of committees, including most recently the IPIC Trademark Agent Training Course and the INTA In-House Practitioner’s Committee.

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Jason Hynes
Councillor

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Jason Hynes is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. Jason’s patent practice focuses on mechanical, telecommunications and software innovations. In particular, he has a strong interest in working with high tech entrepreneurs and start-ups. Jason is also available to assist clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and related intellectual property licensing matters and disputes. Jason is an Adjunct Professor at the Western University, Faculty of Law where he teaches a course on Advanced Intellectual Property.

Jason is Chair of IPIC's IP Trade Policy Committee. He is also the Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Intellectual Property Group (KWIPG).

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Paula Clancy
Councillor

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Paula has over 23 years of experience as a corporate/commercial and trademark lawyer. From 1994 to 2008 she worked at one of Canada’s largest firms, which was consistently rated as the Top IP Firm in Canada. She founded Clancy P.C. in 2008. Her background in both business and intellectual property law is a valuable asset to her clients. Paula is fluent in both Spanish and French. She has a significant local practice, where her clients range from start-ups to publicly-traded companies. She was featured in Distinctive Women Magazine and won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2017). 

Paula is the former Chair of IPIC’s International Trademark Issues Committee, and a member of IPIC’s Trademark Practice Committee and Indigenous IP Committee. 


The members of Council (IPIC’s board of directors) are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Council is composed of nine members: the immediate past president, four officers and four councillors.

Every member of Council is elected for a term of one year. However, IPIC has adopted a practice which, subject to the vote by the members at the AGM, provides for continuity by allowing councillors to serve on Council for two years with two new members being elected each year.

After being absent from Council for at least a year, a former councillor may be invited by the Nominating Committee to become the treasurer. This person makes a five year commitment: after being treasurer, he or she normally becomes secretary then vice-president, president and finally, past president.

The Nominating Committee is composed of the president, the two immediate past presidents, and a fourth member. The Nominating Committee considers, among others, the names of IPIC members who, on their committee application form, have expressed an interest in serving on Council. The Nominating Committee also takes into consideration volunteer involvement by members as well as the requirement of maintaining a representative Council.