Sally Hemming
Senior Associate, Ottawa
Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent and Trademark Agent


Phone: 416.593.5514
Fax: 416.591.1690
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  • University of Victoria B.Sc. (Biochemistry) 1992
  • McMaster University Ph.D. (Biochemistry) 1998; thesis titled Functional Analysis of the Ninth Subunit of Yeast RNA Polymerase II, RPB9
  • University of Toronto J.D. 2001
  • Registered Patent Agent 2004
  • Registered Trademark Agent 2004
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Sally Hemming has been practicing patent law for more than 15 years, with a focus on securing patent protection in the fields of biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. She has in-depth experience in: drafting and prosecuting patent applications in Canada, the United States, and internationally; directing prosecution in various other jurisdictions, including Europe, China, Japan, and Australia; and providing technical assistance in pharmaceutical litigation matters.

Sally's graduate work in eukaryotic RNA transcription provided her with experience in various enzymology, molecular biology, protein chemistry and X-ray crystallography techniques. She also has experience in drafting applications relating to a wide range of biochemical and chemical technologies, including polymers, biomaterials, pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals, electrochemical and electrobiochemical devices, and therapeutic methods such as protein and nucleic acid based technologies.

Sally's client activities include working on behalf of government research agencies; universities and research institutes; and chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in Canada and from around the globe.

Life Sciences
Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
Life Sciences — Regulatory & Compliance


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Life Sciences Committee; member of the Patent Affairs Committee

Speaking engagements

  • "Patenting Life-forms," University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, May 2009
  • Presentation on technical writing of patent applications, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, March 2009
  • Presentation on intellectual property law, University of Western Ontario Career Fair, London, ON, March 2007
  • Seminar on Intellectual Property Law/Patent Law hosted by Laurentian University (co-presenter: Brian P. Isaac), Sudbury City Hall, Sudbury, ON, September 2006
  • "Women in Academia and Industry" (roundtable), University of Toronto School of Pharmacy, Toronto, May 2006
  • "Tool Time," University of Toronto Centre for Innovation, Toronto, May 2006
  • "Intellectual Property Law: What to Know, What to Ask and What Not to Say," University of Toronto: Toronto Undergraduate Biotechnology Symposium, Toronto, February 2005
  • "Wise Women of Influence" (panel discussion), University of Toronto, Toronto, September 2005
  • Presentation on careers in intellectual property law, University of Toronto Bioengineering Club, Toronto, September 2004
  • "Careers for the Life Sciences in Law," University of Toronto, Toronto, April 2004
  • "From DNA to Cells to Mice: Crafting Claims to Patentable Subject Matter," University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, February 2004


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