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Shannon L. Beech
Shannon L. Beech
Patents

Shannon has high-level expertise with more than 15 years of experience in the preparation and prosecution of patents in the areas of computer software, business methods and telecommunications technology as well as the registration of industrial designs.

Shannon is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), having acted as chair and vice-chair on various AIPLA committees.

 

Qualifications
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent

 

Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

 

Professional Organizations
  • Fellow, American Intellectual Property Law Association (Present)
  • Chair, International Education Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2013-2015)
  • Vice-Chair International Education Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2011-2013)
  • Chair Online Programs Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2009-2011)
  • Vice-Chair Online Programs Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2007-2009)
  • Associate, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Lynda Conway
Lynda Conway
Trademarks

Lynda has specialized in trademarks for more than 15 years and been a Kirby IP Canada trademark agent for over a decade. After her articling placement with an Ottawa law firm — whose scope of practice included business law, commercial litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, planning and land development — Lynda found her niche in intellectual property.

Before joining the Kirby team, Lynda worked at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as a Senior Trademarks Examiner and as the Acting Chief of Trademarks Training and Development.

 

Qualifications
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent

 

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages and Literatures), University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa

 

Professional Organizations
  • Associate, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
Stephanie R. White, PhD
Stephanie R. White, PhD
Partner

Stephanie is an accomplished patent professional with a proven track record of building and maximizing the value of her clients’ intellectual property assets. Stephanie has over 17 years of experience in patent portfolio development and IP counseling, where she is skilled in integrating IP strategy with business strategy.

According to Stephanie, the most exciting part of her job “is working with inventors and entrepreneurs to help them leverage their technology advances to really make a difference.” Stephanie is keenly aware that IP is among a company’s most critical assets and, especially in the case of early stage companies, it is essential these companies are provided with the proper support to allow them to grow, manage, and benefit from their IP portfolio.

Stephanie’s practice concentrates on the protection of chemical and biochemical technologies in various industry sectors, including cleantech, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical device, life sciences, oil & gas and alternative energy.

Prior to joining Kirby IP Canada, Stephanie gained experience as the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for a Canadian not-for-profit organization focused on commercialization of green chemistry technologies. This role afforded Stephanie the opportunity to enhance her skills in IP portfolio development, valuation and monetization within an open innovation environment. In addition, Stephanie spent over 11 years working as a senior patent agent in a large national firm, where her practice focused mainly on assisting small and medium-sized companies in growing, perfecting and enforcing their IP assets worldwide.

 

Qualifications
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent

 

Education
  • BSc, Chemistry and Biology, University of Western Ontario
  • MSc, Organic Chemistry, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Clinical Chemistry, University of Windsor

 

Professional Organizations
  • Member, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Member, Chemical Institute of Canada

 

Community Involvement
  • Member, Commercialization Committee of the Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet)

Chair, Membership Committee, AUTM Canada

Trevor Mee, PhD
Trevor Mee, PhD
Partner

With a deep background in the biochemical sciences, Trevor Mee knows how to handle complexity. When it comes to protecting clients’ intellectual property, the Kirby IP Canada partner says his goal is to keep things simple.

“With any form of IP protection, we try to make the examination process as streamlined as possible — to find the most efficient way to the best result,” Trevor says. “For that, you need to be proactive and engage the examiner. You can’t just sit back and push paper: you have to drive the process forwards with an eye to achieving the broadest protection possible.”

Trevor is a registered Canadian and U.S. patent agent.  He helps clients in Canada and around the world to obtain broad patent protection for the most complex inventions in chemistry, molecular biology, gene engineering and pharmaceuticals.

Trevor joined Kirby in 2000, after doctoral and post-doctoral medical research in the fields of cancer biology, HIV and virology. He has several scientific publications to his name.  He is co-managing partner of the firm.

 

Qualifications
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent
  • Member of the Canadian Society for Chemistry

 

Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (cancer research), University of York, England
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Southampton, England

 

Professional Organizations
  • Affiliate, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member, Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Member, Chemical Institute of Canada

 

Community Involvement
  • Volunteer lecturer of intellectual property at Canadian universities
  • Chair of local school board (5 years)
Robert Feutlinske
Robert Feutlinske
Partner

For more than 25 years, Kirby IP Canada partner Robert Feutlinske has been a trusted voice at the end of the line ready to answer clients’ questions about how to protect their intellectual property. He says having direct access to an expert advisor is one of the key reasons international companies and their representatives continue to call on Kirby IP Canada.

“Our clients are under a lot of pressure,” says Robert. “When they need answers, they need them quickly. People know when they call me I’m going to get back to them promptly. My job is to relieve their anxiety, let them know we’re on it, and take action right away to get the results they’re looking for.”

Robert is a registered Canadian and U.S. patent agent. He helps clients in Canada and around the world obtain patent and industrial design protection for a wide range of technological inventions including telecommunications, medical instruments, electronics and software.

Robert joined Kirby IP Canada in 1990 after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Systems Design Engineering. He is a co-managing partner of the firm. Robert is also a member of the Patent Agent Examination Standards Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, which he joined in 2006.

 

Qualifications
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent
  • Professional Engineer Ontario (PEO)

 

Education
  • Bachelor of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

 

Professional Organizations
  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Canadian Association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Member, Licensing Executive Society (USA and Canada)

 

Committee Activities
  • A current member and past chair of the IPIC Patent Agent Examination Standards Committee
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About Kirby

Located in Canada’s national capital of Ottawa, Ontario, our offices are just across the Ottawa River from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) where all IP protection applications are processed in Canada. That makes it easy for us to meet with CIPO representatives, conduct searches and hold interviews with examiners on our clients’ behalf.

Our History

Peter Kirby founded our firm in 1959 with the vision of providing the highest quality, boutique-style intellectual property protection services, tailored to clients around the world. As the firm grew — becoming Kirby Eades Gale Baker — with expertise in sectors ranging from nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals to complex mechanical systems, software, financial trading applications and telecommunications, we have earned a reputation for precision, responsive client service and exceptional results.

Our team continues that tradition today. Kirby IP Canada remains focused on intellectual property protection, providing expert advice on IP portfolio management, filing strategies, patentability and infringement matters, as well as preparation, filing and prosecution of patent, trademark and industrial design applications in Canada and around the world.