Alistair Simpson

Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent and Trademark Agent


Phone: 587.887.9997
Fax: 587.887.9998
Ontario Bar 1990
New York State Bar 2003
England and Wales (Solicitor) 2012
Alberta Bar 2013
  • University of British Columbia B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) 1983
  • University of British Columbia LL.B. 1988
  • Registered Trademark Agent 1990
  • Registered Patent Agent 1992
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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


Alistair Simpson has been advising clients in respect of intellectual property matters for more than twenty five years. His practice is diverse, encompassing all areas of intellectual property law including procurement, transactions and exploitation including licensing, and enforcement and defence work including litigation, with a particular emphasis on patents. Clients and colleagues have noted Alistair “is a licensing guru who uses transactions not only to increase revenue, but also to resolve intractable disputes”.

He has assisted small to mid-size enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, in procuring patent and other intellectual property protection; exploiting their intellectual property and assisting in the defence of their activities, providing among other services, due diligence investigations and the negotiation and drafting of patent and technology licenses and other similar types of agreements; and developing robust intellectual property strategies. He has also worked with his clients to develop internal procedures to ensure that intellectual property rights are safe-guarded and properly protected. He also has significant experience with trademark and design protection.

His knowledge of what is important to corporate clients is in part informed by his experiences on secondment to the in-house intellectual property group of a major Canadian high technology firm for over a year, where he assisted with patent licensing, exploitation, defence and strategy.

Alistair has considerable expertise working with clients in industries relating to both high technology and mechanical subject matter, such as telecommunication systems, industrial machinery and systems including packaging equipment, agricultural equipment, energy related technologies and medical devices. His background in civil engineering is considered a valued asset by such clients.

Alistair is qualified as a lawyer and patent agent both in Canada and the United States, and he provides advice to clients with respect to both Canadian and United States patent law, which is a particularly strong asset to companies operating in both jurisdictions. Additionally, while not currently advising clients in respect of English law, he is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Clients and colleagues have noted that Alistair is “a practitioner to seek out”, and he “keeps his ear to the ground in terms of new business opportunities” (IAM Patents 1000, 2018). 

In his spare time, Alistair and his border collies train for, and compete in, sheepdog trials in both Canada and the United States.

Rankings and recognition

  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada under Patents since 2016
  • Recognized annually in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory under Intellectual Property since 2014
  • Recognized annually in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners under Transactions since the inaugural edition in 2012
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada under intellectual property since 2011
  • Selected to appear in the IAM Licensing 250 — The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers 2011/2012



  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Licensing Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association; member of the Intellectual Property Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Speaking engagements

  • "A Review of Patentable Subject Matter Post-Amazon and Post-Alice," presented at the LES Calgary Chapter Meeting, Calgary, December 2014
  • "Intellectual Property Due Diligence," Executing Effective Corporate Due Diligence (YLD) program, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, September 2009
  • "Understanding the Importance of IP Rights on an IT Deal," 8th Annual IT Law Spring Training Program, Toronto, May 2008
  • Interviewed for and quoted in the Canadian Bar Association's National magazine for a 2008 article dealing with business method patents