Stephen Perry

Stephen Perry, B.Sc., P.Eng
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Stephen Perry is viewed as one of Canada’s leading patent agents. He is co-author (with Andrew Currier) of Canadian Patent Law (Butterworths, 2012, Second Edition, 2014), the first text on the subject by patent prosecutors in over 30 years. Stephen started in the field of IP in 1983 and qualified as patent agent in 1985. His practice is focused on developing and managing international IP portfolios for Canadian technology companies of every size, covering a broad range of innovations in the fields of telecommunications, electronics, software, display technology, medical imaging and medical devices. Stephen is active as an advisor and commentator on both Canadian and international patent and industrial design issues.  He serves on Council of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian section of Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI), and chairs or serves on various committees of both organizations. Stephen is frequently called upon to contribute his insight and views to industry and government agencies and committees on policy and legislative matters affecting intellectual property. Stephen frequently mentors patent agent trainees and those newly entering the field. Stephen was involved in the development of the Code of Conduct established by IPIC for Canadian patent agents and serves on a working group of the IP Modernization initiative launched in 2013 by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). A prolific author and speaker, Stephen has published an extensive series of articles on patent and industrial design issues and writes the Patent and Industrial Design chapters in Canadian Forms & Precedents – Commercial Transactions (Butterworths). He lectures frequently on software patents and industrial design issues, and participates regularly in international conferences and seminars.


Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Queen’s University


J. Edward Maybee Memorial Award, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, for the highest overall standing in the Canadian Patent Agents Qualifying Examination, 1985


Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)
Professional Engineers of Ontario
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Member of Council, IPIC
Chair, Industrial Design Committee (IPIC)
Member, Computer-Related Technologies Committee (IPIC)
Member, Patent Law Harmonization Committee (IPIC)
Member, Self Governance Committee (IPIC)
Tutor, Patent Agent Tutorials (IPIC)
Member, Canadian Patent Agents Examining Board (IPIC)
Chair, Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)
Member, CET Group 2 – Designs (FICPI)
Member of Council, FICPI Canada


ICLG, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2015, 5th Edition, Canada Chapter
Canadian Patent Law, LexisNexis Canada, 2012 – Co-author with T. Andrew Currier
Canadian Forms & Precedents – Intellectual Property, LexisNexis Canada
• Co-author with the Honorable Mr. Justice Roger T. Hughes and Dino Clarizio of chapter on patents
• Co-author with the Honorable Mr. Justice Roger T. Hughes of chapter on industrial design
Protection for Functional Articles: The Canadian Perspective, Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 14. No. 1 at pp. 231 – 242, September 1997
Cross-Border Management of Intellectual Property, Co-author with Stephen M. Lane, Intellectual Property Summit 2002, Toronto, January 2002
Computer Software Related Patents in Canada, Co-author with Donald M. Cameron, The Computer Lawyer (Prentice Hall Law & Business), Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 8 – 12, April 1990
Re-Examination Provisions under the New Patent Act, Business & the Law (Richard De Boo Publishers), Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 37 – 38, May 1989
Canadian Intellectual Property Office Grapples with Business Method Patents – Co-author with Arya Ghadimi and T. Andrew Currier
IPO’s International Patent Committee Newsletter. September 2013


The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP), McGill Faculty of Law, October 16, 2013
Whither Patents? Musings on the Bargain Theory of Patents


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