Michael E. Charles


Bereskin & Parr LLP
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5H 3Y2

Tel: +1 416.957.1689
Fax: +1 416.361.1398

Email: mcharles@bereskinparr.com
Web: www.bereskinparr.com

Mike’s practice focuses on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, breach of confidence, and trade secret litigation. He has appeared as trial and appellate counsel on numerous occasions in the Federal Court and the Ontario Court.

Mike has served on the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution Committees. Mike has also served, by invitation, on the Federal Court’s Intellectual Property Consultative Group. Mike has also been a panelist for the Harold G. Fox Moot.

While attending law school, Mike was a member of Western University’s Law Review, and received the Harold G. Fox Award.

Patents are often a client’s most valuable asset, but evaluating inventions, reviewing patentability issues, procuring patents, devising global patent protection strategies, negotiating licenses and agreements, and dealing with infringement issues can be complex. At Bereskin & Parr LLP, patent law is a key part of our intellectual property practice. We apply a pragmatic business approach to each client’s patent matters to obtain results consistent with the client’s business needs.

Our patent practice is comprised of several specialized groups: Life Sciences, Electrical & Computer Technology, Mechanical & Industrial Processes, Chemical, Automotive and Clean Tech. Each of our specialized patent groups assists clients in evaluating inventions and designs and preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent and design applications in Canada, the United States, and worldwide. Technical assistants and trained patent clerks working under the supervision of our lawyers and patent agents enable us to provide cost-effective management of the firm’s extensive active files.

Our lawyers and patent agents advise clients on all issues involving patents and designs including providing advice on patentability of inventions, validity of patents, and infringement of patents for technology owned by clients or claimed to be owned by others. Members of our patent group have expertise in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and other technical areas, including chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical and nuclear engineering, as well as electronics, physics, computer hardware and software, chemistry and biotechnology. This diverse expertise enables us to assemble an appropriate client-specific team to handle each client’s individual patent needs.

Clients of the patent group include individuals, corporations, and educational institutions worldwide. Our clients come from a diverse range of industries and work with technologies involving mechanical, electrical, and computer systems (software and hardware); building materials; medical devices and consumer products; and chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Bereskin & Parr is a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm serving clients of all sizes in various industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada, with four offices located in major economic or technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 70 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognized as leading practitioners in their respective fields. The firm’s practice is comprehensive, encompassing all aspects of IP law. Both the firm and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for intellectual property law in Canada.
Bereskin & Parr ranks as a leading intellectual property law firm in Canada in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014.