Neil practices a broad range of technology and intellectual property law including patent freedom-to operate and infringement opinion work, technology due diligence, technology licensing, and related commercial work; as well as litigation matters wherein patent, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and designs are in issue along with the usual array of contractual, fiduciary and other issues. Neil is a registered Trade-mark Agent for Canada and enrolled for prosecuting trademarks in the United States, and his trademark practice includes oppositions and appeals.
Neil has assisted on the technology issues arising in many kinds of commercial transactions. He has lead IP teams who analyze new technology being considered for purchase or license, drafted technology transfer documentation and advised on the kinds of agreements which protect clients during the testing and acquisition of technology. He has also advised many clients with international patent, trademark and copyright protection concerns.
Neil has appeared as counsel in several trials before both the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and in the Federal Court. He has argued numerous appeals before the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has appeared before the Trademarks Opposition Board and other Boards. He has participated in several mediations and arbitrations both as counsel for a party and as a mediator.
Neil is a member of the Rules Committee of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.