Christopher Robinson
Partner, Vancouver
Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent and Trademark Agent


Phone: 604.682.7780
Fax: 604.682.0274
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Ontario Bar 1987
British Columbia Bar 1992
  • University of Calgary B.Sc. Hons. (Animal Biology) 1974
  • University of Calgary M.Sc. (Developmental Genetics) 1977
  • University of Calgary LL.B. 1985
  • Registered Patent Agent 1987
  • Registered Trademark Agent 1987
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Christopher Robinson has repeatedly been recognized by his peers and clients alike as a leading expert in patent procurement in the life sciences and related industries. He has been practicing in this area for over 30 years, representing innovative biotechnology and chemical companies, with a particular emphasis on biologics and pharmaceuticals, and agricultural technologies.

He has extensive expertise with every facet of the patent procurement process and also provides strategic advice on portfolio management and licensing. His practice is diverse, including molecular biology, peptide chemistry, immunology and genetics based innovation. He has broad experience in patenting antibodies, vaccines, enzymes for use in the life sciences and industrial biotechnology, stem cells, gene therapy, and medical diagnostics. He assists clients in advising them on enforcement, including under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, and commercialization in Canada.

Christopher also has extensive experience in trademark prosecution, opposition and enforcement, particularly in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.

Christopher works with clients ranging from small and medium-sized life sciences and pharmaceutical companies to multinational corporations, and he also has experience working with universities. He manages global patent portfolios for his Canadian client base, and has been entrusted with protecting new innovation in Canada for many of the world’s leading chemical and biotechnology companies. Clients and colleagues have referred to Christopher is a “life sciences maven” who brings a quarter-century’s patent procurement experience to the table (IAM Patents 1000, 2017). He has also been commended for doing a “great job getting the hang of complex pharmaceutical technologies” and appreciates “how to explain the nuances of Canadian patent law to business people” (IAM Patents 1000, 2018).

Christopher is also a teacher, developing not only associates within the firm, but also educating new intellectual property leaders through university patent law classes and programs provided by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

Rankings and recognition

  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015 Vancouver Biotechnology Law "Lawyer of the Year" and Vancouver Intellectual Property Law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Patents since 2015
  • Recognized in the Canada Chapter of LMG Life Sciences as a 'Life Science Star' under Intellectual Property since 2014
  • Recognized annually as an 'IP Star' since the inaugural edition in 2014 of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Patents
  • Recognized annually since the inaugural edition in 2012 of IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners under Prosecution
  • Recognized annually since the inaugural edition in 2010 of Who's Who Legal: Canada under Life Sciences
  • Regularly recognized in Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences since the inaugural edition in 2008
  • Recognized annually since the inaugural edition in 2006 of The Best Lawyers in Canada under Intellectual Property Law and Biotechnology Law
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory under Intellectual Property and Biotechnology since 2005
  • Recognized annually in PLC Which Lawyer? under Life sciences: patent counselling since 2003
Life Sciences
Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
IP Management & Strategic Counselling
Licensing & IP Transactions
Life Sciences — Regulatory & Compliance
Agricultural Sciences


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; former member of the Patent Agents Examining Board
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Member, Association of University Technology Managers
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, LifeSciences BC

Teaching activities

  • "Intellectual Property Law" (with Timothy P. Lo and Karen F. MacDonald), University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Winter session, 2000-2006 and 2008-2010
  • "Module 1 — Drafting and Prosecution," IPIC Patent Agent Training course, Toronto, September-December session, 2007-2016
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