Thuy Nguyen
Partner, Ottawa
Patent Agent


Phone: 613.232.2486
Fax: 613.232.8440
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  • University of Toronto B.Sc. Hons. (Biochemistry) 1988
  • University of Toronto Ph.D. (Biochemistry) 1994; thesis titled The role of chaperones in intracellular protein trafficking
  • Registered Patent Agent 2000
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Thuy Nguyen’s practice has focussed on drafting and prosecuting biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents since 1999. Her practice involves all aspects of patent procurement in Canada, including: preparing patentability infringement and validity opinions; developing and managing patent portfolios; conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence evaluations; strategic planning; and general client counselling on patent matters.

Thuy has worked with clients ranging from small biotechnology start-ups and universities to major biochemical, biopharmaceutical and bioagricultural companies. Her technical expertise lies in the areas of biochemistry including carbohydrate biochemistry, histocytochemistry, immunochemistry, cell biology especially in intracellular trafficking and chaperone activity, immunogenetics, molecular biology, agricultural biotechnology, stem cell technology and personalized medicine.

In her practice, Thuy is mindful of her clients’ business objectives and strives to obtain results that meet those objectives within the clients’ global strategy. She is knowledgeable about the patent-related regulatory requirements that apply to biopharmaceuticals being marketed in Canada, and works with clients to help protect not only their innovations but their position in the marketplace.

In her earlier career, Thuy took a direct role in starting a biotechnology spin off company in Canada. This wide-ranging experience afforded her a real understanding of how the law and science must work together to advance the business development goals of the clients she assists. She also provides in-house educational training and seminars on patent law and related matters, and participates as a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa.

Life Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
IP Management & Strategic Counselling


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member of the Legal Affairs Advisory Board of BioteCanada

Speaking engagements

  • Panel presentation on “Cross-Border IP Challenges in Strategic Research Collaborations” at the BIO International Conference in Boston, USA, June 2012


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