James Jun Pan
Partner, Toronto
Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent and Trademark Agent


Phone: 416.593.5514
Fax: 416.591.1690
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  • Tsinghua University B.Eng. (Engineering Physics) 1983
  • University of British Columbia Ph.D. (Chemistry) 1996; thesis titled A µSR study of spin relaxation of small molecules in the gas phase
  • University of British Columbia J.D. 2001
  • Registered Trademark Agent 2003
  • Registered Patent Agent 2004
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Uniquely combining IP with scientific and engineering expertise from an international perspective

With broad IP expertise and an extensive background in multiple scientific and engineering disciplines, James is sought after for his ability to understand highly technical, complex inventions and help his clients capitalize on their commercial potential. He applies his exceptional knowledge to advise clients across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia on patent procurement and strategic IP management.

Strategic approach to patent protection

James’ clients benefit from his in-depth experience in IP management and strategic counseling, preparing and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications in Canada, and managing the filing and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Korea and other jurisdictions worldwide. He also provides freedom-to-operate, validity and infringement opinions related to patent, industrial design and trademark, and prepares agreements related to transfer or license of IP rights and non-disclosure of confidential information.

James offers an invaluable international perspective to his clients including multinational companies based in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia and Canadian companies of all sizes. He also has experience working with universities, IP firms and government agencies based in Canada and around the world.

Unparalleled scientific and engineering experience

With an engineering degree and a doctorate in Chemistry, James previously held roles as an engineer in a military research and development institute and as a research scientist in a national subatomic research institute. He uses this work experience and his diverse knowledge in the areas of physics, chemistry and computers to protect his clients’ inventions.

Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
Software/Information Technologies
Life Sciences
IP Management & Strategic Counselling
Industrial Designs
Licensing & IP Transactions
Copyright & Media


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Patent Agent Training Course Committee
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Co-chair of IP Practice in China Committee
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, American Chemical Society

Speaking engagements

  • "Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals in Canada — Maximizing Protection and Keys to Enforcement," MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit, Shanghai, September 2013
  • "Business Method Patents: Coming of Age," organized by LEXPERT Magazine, Toronto, November 2012
  • Presentation on Canadian Patent Law and Practice to Chinese business at the MIP China-International IP Forum 2011 in Beijing

Teaching activities

  • "Intellectual Property Protection and Management Strategies" (workshop), 2014 Oil & Gas IP Summit, November 2014


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