Graeme Charlton   |   

Qualifications

University of British Columbia B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics, Electrical Option, Gold Medal) 2007
University of British Columbia J.D. 2011
Registered Patent Agent in Canada 2012
Registered to practice as a Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2012
Registered Trade-mark Agent 2013

Affilliations

  • Associate member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Bio

Vancouver & Kelowna • (604) 839-2180
 

Graeme Charlton’s practice focuses on patent drafting, prosecution, and portfolio management in the field of electrical, mechanical and software inventions. Prior to joining Carbon Patent Group, Graeme gained 7 years of experience with a top Canadian intellectual property boutique firm. Graeme completed an engineering degree in Engineering Physics at UBC, earning the Gold Medal in Engineering as the top graduate from UBC Engineering in 2007. Before entering patent practice, Graeme worked as a hardware design engineer for a high-definition digital surveillance camera company.

Graeme has extensive experience in the prosecution of Canadian patent applications for foreign clients in the electrical, mechanical and software fields. Graeme has considerable experience in addressing Canadian subject matter eligibility objections related to software based inventions. Mr. Charlton regularly drafts patent applications and manages patent prosecution and strategy for his clients. He also has experience providing patentability, infringement, and validity opinions. Mr. Charlton works with clients ranging from small to midsize technology start-ups or businesses operating in Canada to large multi-national corporations or institutions based in Canada and in the United States.

Stephen J. Ferance   |   

Qualifications

  • University of Toronto B.Sc. (Physics & Astronomy) 1994
  • University of Victoria LL.B.  1998
  • Barrister and Solicitor, British Columbia Bar 1999
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent 2000
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent 2000
  • Registered United States Patent Agent 2001

Affilliations

  • Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). 
  • Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Electronic & Computer Law Committee (ECLC)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
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Peer Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2016–2021, including "Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year" in 2018
  • World’s leading patent agents, Who’s Who Legal:  Patents, 2016-2020, including "National Leader" in 2019
  • Leading intellectual property lawyer, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2020
  • Lexpert’s Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2016/2017
  • Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences, 2014-2015 (for medical devices) and 2020 (for Intellectual Property)
  • Past Presidents’ Award, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), 1999, 2001, 2003

Bio

Vancouver • (604) 385-9995
 

Steve’s practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution for applied physics, electrical, computer-related and mechanical inventions.  Prior to joining Carbon Patent Group in 2020, Steve earned more than two decades of experience in Canada’s two largest patent practice groups:  he joined Canada’s largest intellectual property boutique firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2007, before leaving in mid-2015 to become a partner of a full-service commercial law firm that includes Canada’s largest overall intellectual property law practice. 

Steve’s physics background has enabled him to tackle a wide range of computer-related inventions and other complex technologies, including machine learning, neural networks and artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, fintech and blockchain, telecommunications, electronic gaming, semiconductor chip annealing and manufacturing techniques, medical radioisotope production, medical imaging and laser / radar imaging, and ultra-high-power arc lamps.  Steve’s practice also focuses on medical devices and mechanical inventions including natural resource extraction and harvesting equipment. 

Steve's patent practice ranges from the routine to the most arcane of procedures:  for example, Steve is one of the very few Canadian practitioners who have successfully filed and prosecuted applications for both reissue and reexamination of issued Canadian patents.  

Steve’s intellectual property practice also includes industrial design registrations, IP due diligence reviews for commercial transactions, portfolio management, legal opinions relating to the ownership, registrability, validity and infringement of intellectual property rights, advocacy before Canada’s Patent Appeal Board, and litigation support.  

Steve is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, where he has taught Patent Law since 2006.  He is a frequent author and public speaker on Canadian patent law topics, having presented to the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) BC Branch, among other organizations.

Andris Macins   |   

Qualifications

University of British Columbia B.Sc. (Cell & Developmental Biology) 1994
University of British Columbia M.Sc. (Molecular/Cell Biology) 1997
University of British Columbia LL.B. 2001 and Call to the British Columbia Bar 2002
Registered Patent Agent in Canada 2004
Registered to practice as a Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2005
Registered Trade-mark Agent 2009

Affilliations

  • Associate member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Bio

Vancouver • (604) 401-4797
 

Mr. Macins’ practice is almost entirely focused on life sciences and pharmaceutical patent drafting, prosecution, and portfolio management.  He also provides patent patentability opinions, infringement opinions, and validity opinions, to universities and start-up companies.  Mr. Macins also has extensive experience in the prosecution of Canadian applications on behalf of foreign clients.  Prior to joining the Carbon Patent Group, Mr. Macins gained 12 years of experience with a national intellectual property boutique firm.

Graham McKinnon   |   

Qualifications

  • Oxford University M.Sc. (Biochemistry with Honours) 1999
  • Registered Patent Agent in Canada 2004
  • Registered to practice as a Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2005.

Affilliations

Associate member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).

Bio

Toronto • (416) 628-8308
 

Mr. McKinnon’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patents in the fields of chemistry, therapeutics, drug delivery, genomics, proteomics, protein chemistry and medical devices. Mr. McKinnon has worked with a variety of clients including academic institutions, large multi-national companies, small and medium sized companies as well as independent inventors. He worked in one of Canada’s leading intellectual property law firms for over 7 years and spent 3 years as an in-house Patent Agent split between a successful drug-development company, and a large generic pharmaceutical company. Mr. McKinnon also has experience in conducting patentability searches, and providing patentability opinions.

The CARBON PATENT GROUP was founded to provide an effective alternative to the typical patent firm. We endeavor to provide our clients with services in an efficient, timely and cost effective manner, suited to the individual client’s needs.  The CARBON PATENT GROUP utilizes their collective experience to provide the highest quality service to their clients and draw on their experience with trusted foreign agents to provide the best match for their clients. The CARBON PATENT GROUP has a profound desire to exceed client expectations.

The Carbon Patent Group is:

C6 Patent Group Inc. is operating as Carbon Patent Group. C6 Patent Group Inc. is co-owned by the personal patent corporations of Graeme Charlton, Stephen Ferance, Andris Macins and Graham McKinnon. The Carbon Patent Group is provided with legal consulting services by the A. Macins Law Corporation, by Graeme Charlton and by Ferance Law Corporation.