David Schwartz is a partner in Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh's Ottawa office. Since 1994, David has practiced exclusively in the intellectual property field with a focus on patent law, particularly in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry.
David has acted on behalf of a comprehensive range of clients, including start-ups, early-stage ventures, universities, government organizations and multinational corporations. His client activities regularly involve diverse fields such as plant biotechnology, stem cells, organic chemistry, materials science, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, immunology, vaccines, water filtration, nutriceuticals, expression systems and assays.
In his patent prosecution practice, David frequently advises clients on regulatory matters relating to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and listing patents with Health Canada, data protection under the Food and Drug Regulations, and matters concerning the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board. He also has expertise in managing global intellectual property portfolios and in performing freedom-to-operate and infringement analysis and intellectual property due diligence. He has handled first-to-invent conflicts under the pre-1989 Patent Act and appears regularly in oral proceedings before the Patent Appeal Board. David has also testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology with respect to proposed amendments to the Patent Act.
Qualifications — Registered Trademark Agent 1994
Registered Patent Agent 1997
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office