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Equinox: A Team of Intellectual Property Experts Protecting Ideas in Canada and in more than 136 countries

Equinox has put together a highly experienced and qualified team of professionals devoted to protecting your intellectual property rights.

Shirlee Biron

Shirlee Biron

IP Management Consultant

Philip A. Swain

Philip A. Swain

PhD (Chem.), Patent Agent

Gonzalo Lavin Ingénieur, agent de brevets

Gonzalo Lavin

Engineer, Patent Agent

Shirlee Biron

Shirlee Biron

IP Management Consultant


Tel.: 514-739-6770

Fax: 514-733-4424

Email: sbiron@equinoxip.com


Languages

English

French

Italian

Shirlee Biron with the president of Technoparc Montréal, Mario Monette

Shirlee Biron with the president of Technoparc Montréal, Mario Monette.

Ms. Shirlee Biron has been practicing in the field of intellectual property since 1996.



Expertise
Ms. Biron is a founding member of Equinox Intellectual Property and has a long and extensive experience in providing clients with Intellectual Property Business strategies, including managing IP portfolios, consulting clients on direct marketing and product commercialization and building successful partnerships between independent inventors, larger scale developers and distributors as well as potential investors. Ms. Biron has developed unique IP management software and provides her clients with a personalized and tailored approach in managing their IP assets. Ms. Biron assists clients in the purchase and sale of IP assets and works closely with attorneys in initiating and negotiating IP licensing agreements. Moreover, she has developed more innovative software for providing greater accessibility to IP vendors or purchasers. Ms. Biron merges her business experience and knowledge together with the expertise of Equinox’s Patent and Trademark Agents in order to provide clients with business-oriented IP solutions. A long-standing and active member of Montreal’s business community, Ms. Biron has built a wide network with various chambers of commerce and business associations, further helping clients getting products to market.



Professional Memberships and Involvement
• IPIC Associate
• Chambre de commerce
• Association des Marchands et Professionels Destination Décarie
• Guest speaker on intellectual property management at Centre d’innovation et d’invention, Université
de Sherbrooke, large companies and SMEs.
• Article published in Le groupement des chefs d’entreprise magazine
• 'Être propriétaire d’un brevet, un actif payant' – 24 MARS 2004
• Patent application filed in September 2014 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSACTING
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY



Education
• 2014 – IPIC – Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course (ongoing)
• 1994 – B.B.A. Bachelor of Business Administration, specialization in Marketing and Management
• Hautes études commerciales (HEC), Université de Montréal



Sports Career
Shirlee Biron is a sports enthusiast and was Quebec Badminton Champion in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982. She won the Canadian Championship in 1983. Shirlee Biron continues to play badminton at an amateur competitive level.

Philip A. Swain

Philip A. Swain

PhD (Chem.) and Patent Agent


Tel.: 514-739-6770

Fax: 514-733-4424

Email: pswain@equinoxip.com


Languages

English

French

Dr. Philip Swain has been practicing in the field of Intellectual Property since 2000. Dr. Swain is a Synthetic Organic Chemist, a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States and also a registered United States trademark agent.



Expertise
Dr. Swain assists clients in obtaining patent protection in the Life Sciences field and other various fields including mechanical and electrical inventions. Dr. Swain has drafted, prosecuted and obtained patents for a wide variety of local clients, universities, start-ups, international corporations and foreign firms. Dr. Swain provides validity, freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions and is actively involved in litigation support and IP portfolio due diligences. Dr. Swain recognizes the need for active strategic management of intellectual property (IP) early in the development of technologies, and throughout the technology/product life-cycle. Dr. Swain specializes in various technology sectors such as:

• Pharmaceuticals
• Biotechnology
• Biochemistry
• Chemistry
• Genetic Engineering
• Agriculture
• Nanotechnology
• Clean-technology
• Nutraceuticals
• Medical devices



Background
Dr. Swain was previously a patent agent with two Canadian National Law firms as well as a German Pharmaceutical company. He was the Director of IP at a clinical stage biotechnology company in Montreal. In his previous career as a medicinal chemist, Dr. Swain worked for a Boston-based biotechnology company where he invented a drug abuse vaccine for which he is named as an inventor on several patents. Mr. Swain is also an entrepreneur, an investor and a venture partner. In addition to his IP work, Dr. Swain co-founded a solar panel cleaning company and a fuel spill detection company.



Education and Academic Experience
• University of California, San Diego - Postdoctoral Fellow: 1992 – 1993
• UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - Postdoctoral Fellow: 1990 – 1992
• The University of Salford - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Synthetic Organic Chemistry: 1986 – 1990
• The University of Salford - Bachelor of Science (BSc), Chemistry and Biochemistry: 1983 – 1986



Professional Memberships and Involvement
• The Royal Society of Chemistry
• The American Chemical Society
• Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (Fellow)
• Canadian patent agent examination board member

Gonzalo Lavin Engineer, Patent Agent

Gonzalo Lavin

Engineer, Patent Agent


Tel.: 514-397-7689

Fax: 514-397-4382

Email: glavin@equinoxip.com


Languages

English

French

Gonzalo Lavin joined Equinox Inc. in 2017 and is a registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States.



Expertise

He started his career in 1995 working at a Montreal-based intellectual property firm. He also worked in the intellectual property department of an international telecommunications company. Gonzalo Lavin is a member of the Order of Professional Engineers of Quebec and of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.



Background

Gonzalo Lavin practices in the telecommunications, electronics, software, electrical and mechanical fields, working closely with a full range of clients, including universities, high tech companies, and foreign patent firms. He helps his clients obtain patents throughout the world, and provides opinions and counselling in patentability, validity and infringement matters.



Education and Academic Experience

  • B.Sc., Actuarial Mathematics, Concordia University, 1998
  • Minor in Management, McGill University, 1993
  • B.Eng., Electrical Engineering, McGill University, 1993



Professional Memberships and Involvement

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)
  • Quebec Industrial Research Association (ADRIQ)
  • Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
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