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EQUINOX HELPS PROTECT YOUR IDEAS IN CANADA AND IN MORE THAN 136 COUNTRIES

ONE-OF-KIND, CUSTOM AND INNOVATIVE SERVICE

Equinox has put together a highly experienced and qualified team of professionals devoted to protecting your intellectual property rights. We also work with a large number of correspondents all over the world. Contact us to make an appointment with one of our professionals in Montreal.

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MAXIME BONSANG

IP Consultant & Trademark Agent and Patent Agent in training

EXPERTISE

Maxime Bonsang is the next generation of Equinox's IP management team. He has been working for the family business for over 5 years and has acquired extensive knowledge of the intellectual property industry. Maxime has expertise in IP software, IP portfolio management, IP administration and corporate treasury.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Member of the IPIC community since 2020

  • Member of 'GROUPE LA RELÈVE en Famille, en affaire' since 2019

  • Trademark Agent and also Patent Agent in Training

  • Canadian Armed Forces (4th Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment) 2015-2021

SHIRLEE BIRON

Shirlee Biron

IP Management Consultant

Tel.: 514-739-6770
Fax:514-733-4424
E-mail: sbiron@equinoxip.com

Languages
English
French
Italian

expertise

Ms. Biron is the founder of Equinox, founded in 1996. She has extensive experience in commercial strategies and intellectual property, including managing IP portfolios, direct marketing, product commercialization and building successful partnerships between independent inventors, larger scale developers, distributors and investors.


Ms. Biron has developed unique IP management software and provides her clients with a personalized 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 innovative software to provide greater accessibility to IP vendors and purchasers. Ms. Biron merges her business experience and knowledge of patent and trademark agents.


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 launch products on the market.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Member of M&A Club (Merge and Acquisition)
  • President (2013-1024) of the 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

  • 2017 – IPIC – Trademark Agent Examination Prep Course
  • 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

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AT EQUINOX

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.

KEY FUNCTIONS

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 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)
Member of the agent examination board

VÉRONIQUE BOUCHER

Veronique Boucher

Patent and Trademark Assistant

Tel.: 514-739-6770

Fax: 514-733-4424

E-mail: vboucher@equinoxip.com

experience

As a patent and trademark assistant, Ms. Véronique Boucher offers quality service to clients in the process of obtaining a trademark and a patent from the Canadian and Intellectual Property Office of Canada and the United States. Recognized for her analytical skills, she has also been a consultant in the Management Consulting Group of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Ms. Boucher's university education and the various mandates she has carried out in the corporate world play a key role in Equinox's day-to-day operations.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AT EQUINOX

Ms. Véronique Boucher was employed by EQUINOX from 2010 to 2018 and has now been back with us since 2021

STUDIES AND DIPLOMAS

M.Sc. in Management Science, School of Management Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2020

Bachelor of Business Administration, HEC Montréal, 2017

RICHARD ST-LAURENT

RICHARD ST-LAURENT

Paralegal

Tel.: 514-739-6770

Fax: 514-733-4424

E-mail: rstlaurent@equinoxip.com

EXPERTISE

Mr. St-Laurent has been employed by Equinox since June 2005.

He has over 13 ½ years of experience in the field of intellectual property.

KEY FUNCTIONS

  • Customer management in communication with patent agents and trademark agents, according to deadlines

  • Preparation and dispatch of service contracts (quotes)

  • Preparation of patent application documents and trademark registration applications

  • Payment of annuities and maintenance taxes

  • Payment of trademark renewals

  • Correspondence with intellectual property agencies in several countries including the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia, China, Brazil, Africa and other member countries of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

  • Confirmation of completed work including billing

Education

  • 1974 - College Diploma, specialization in Administration, Cégep de Rimouski

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS

Equinox works in partnership with several foreign companies that collaborate with us as correspondents. Thanks to our partners, you benefit from an exemplary service wherever you are on the planet.

correspondants

Dowell & Dowell, PC

2560 Huntington Ave., Suite 203
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
United States of America

Dowell & Dowell, P.C. is the result of a fusion between the different intellectual property firms of the Dowell family. Some of them were created more than 100 years ago.

Dowell & Dowell, P.C.

NPA International Inc.

17-B, Firstfield Rd.
Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20878
United States of America

NPA International Inc. is the American office of China Sinda, a Chinese firm that practices intellectual property law.

YUASA and HARA

Central post office box 714
Tokyo, 100-8692
Japan

Founded in 1992, YUASA and HARA is one of the largest law firms in Japan and specialises in many fields of practice, notably intellectual property.

YUASA and HARA

Mission International Patent & Trademark Office

3rd Floor, 69 Fu Hsing North Road
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China

Mission International Patent & Trademark Office provides intellectual property services in Taiwan and in China since 1979.

Mission International Patent & Trademark Office

Pinheiro, Nunes, Arnaud E Scatamburlo Advogados

93, rua José Bonifacio, 7º and 8º andares
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, 01003-901
Brazil

This Brazilian firm specializes in intellectual property and provides services in a large number of legal fields.

Pinheiro, Nunes, Arnaud E Scatamburlo Advogados

J. LEE & ASSOCIATES

Suite 1308, Cylux-West Tower
295 Gwangpyeong-Ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
South Korea

Specialized in Korean intellectual property law, J. LEE & ASSOCIATES help their clients through the patent process.

J. LEE & ASSOCIATES

ARS Privilegium

Felipe IV, No. 10 Bajo Izq
Madrid, 28014
Spain

ARS Privilegium is a Spanish law firm that is immersed in the fields of cultural, communication and innovation intellectual property, just to name a few.

ARS Privilegium

Al-Hiba Intellectual Property

Office 109, Al-Nayely building
PO Box 99109, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Located in Dubai, Al-Hiba Intellectual Property is a great resource in intellectual property for a large variety of organizations in the Middle East and in North Africa.

Al-Hiba Intellectual Property

B&CO

12, Kropivnytskogo street, office 1
Kyiv, 01004
Ukraine

Active in the field of intellectual property, B & CO is a dynamic firm that was founded in 2011 in Ukraine.

B & CO

Spruson & Ferguson

GPO Box 3898
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Australia

The Spruson & Ferguson firm is a leader in intellectual property in Australia, Asia and Pacific regions.

Spruson & Ferguson

S.Horowitz & Co.

31 Ahad Ha'am St.
Tel Aviv, 6520204
Israel

S. Horowitz & Co. was founded in 1921 and is one of the most recognized firms in the country that represents many legal fields.

S. Horowitz & Co.

Studio Consulenza Brevetti Cioncoloni

21 Vitale Castrense
Rome, 00182
Italy

Italian firm Studio Consulenza Brevetti Cioncoloni is specialized in patent and registering, and also provides other intellectual property services.

Studio Consulenza Brevetti Cioncoloni

China Patent Agent (HK) LTD.

22/F., Great Eagle Center
23 Harbor Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
People’s Republic of China

As one of the first intellectual property firms in China, China Patent Agent (H.K.) LTD. has established a strong network of national and international partnerships since 1984.

China Patent Agent (H.K.) LTD.

Pham & Associates

8 Tran Hung Dao Street
Box 641, Hanoi
Vietnam

Founded in 1991, Pham & Associates is the oldest intellectual property firm in Vietnam. They have offices in the largest cities throughout the country.

Pham & Associates

Remfry & Sagar

Remfry House at the Millennium Plaza
Sector 27, Gurgaon - 122009, National Capital Region New Delhi
India

Since its foundation in 1827, Remfry & Sagar now has close to 7000 clients around the world and has adapted to change in order to provide excellent intellectual rights services.

Remfry & Sagar
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