Research and Development

Our firm provides support with all legal aspects of research and development activities, allowing our clients to focus their energy and resources on continued innovation or commercialization of their work. Our clients are involved in developing new products, as well as seeking to discover and create new knowledge for use in developing new products, processes and services.

Our clients represent a range of viewpoints in relation to research and development, including contract research organizations, universities, financiers, and commercial entities of all sizes, from small start-ups through to multinational corporations. Their activities cover a range of industries, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, healthcare, life sciences and information technologies.

We recognize that there is no single path to commercialization of research and development activity. In light of this, we work closely with our clients to address all technology transfer considerations associated with commercialization of research and development activities. These considerations include financing, licensing, assignment, manufacturing, distribution, intellectual property protection, regulatory requirements (such as information disclosure), royalties, marketing, and consumer safety regulations, among others.

We regularly assist clients to access tax incentives associated with research and development activities. We also support clients with employment matters such as confidentiality agreements and other restrictive covenants to ensure that research and development activities are adequately protected.

Our strong intellectual property team regularly collaborates with other practice areas to support our research and development clients.