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Christine Genge
Partner, Ottawa
Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent and Trademark Agent

 

CONTACT
Phone: 613.232.2486
Fax: 613.232.8440
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YEAR OF CALL
Ontario Bar 1998
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland B.Eng. (Mechanical) 1989
  • University of Ottawa LL.B. 1996
  • Registered Patent Agent 1999
  • Registered Trademark Agent 1999
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
 

Christine Genge is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and has been assisting clients in securing patent, industrial design and trademark protection for more than fifteen years. 

Her practice is largely focussed on protecting mechanical innovation over a broad range of technologies, from high-tech and consumer products, to oil field related innovations. She is also a leader in industrial design protection. She heads the firm's industrial design practice group, she is a liaison to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office industrial design committee, and she is the Chair of the design committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She is among a select few Canadian practitioners with in-depth knowledge concerning the requirement of Canadian, U.S. and European design regimes. 

Her client base extends well beyond Canada’s borders, including multinational companies from the US, Europe, Japan and Korea. She assists Fortune 50 companies in securing intellectual property protection in Canada, and advising on portfolio management, enforcement, and freedom-to-operate. Christine also works with Canadian innovator companies in securing intellectual property protection in Canada, the US and abroad. 

She is a mechanical engineer by training, and prior to pursuing a legal career, worked as a research engineer in mechanical aspects of silicon and circuit packaging. Her experience in industry is a particular asset to her clients, providing practical insights into commercialization strategies. 

Christine is also an editor of IP Update — Canada, the firm's intellectual property law bulletin, and serves on the firm's Professional Personnel Committee. 

PRACTICE AREAS
Patents
Industrial Designs
Industrial/Mechanical
Trademarks
IP Management & Strategic Counselling
Electrical/Electronics
Cleantech
Energy
Agricultural Sciences
Cannabis
 

Memberships

  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; Chair of the Industrial Design Joint Liaison Committee; member of the Women in IP Network; past member of the Patent Agent Examination Board (2008-10); past Chair of the Ottawa IPIC Informals Group
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association


Speaking engagements

  • "Passing the Patent Agent Qualifying Examination - The Perspective of a Recent Examination Board Member," Patent Agent Training Course - Module 2: Infringement and Validity, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Toronto, January 2011


Teaching activities

  • "Intellectual Property Law for Engineers" (with Philip Lapin and Kevin K. Graham), University of Ottawa, 2009 winter term

Publications

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