Vanessa Komarnicki

Vanessa Komarnicki

Associate
Toronto: 416.865.7657
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

JD, 2012
University of Toronto
MASc, Protein Engineering, 2009
University of Toronto
BASc, Engineering Science (Honours), 2007
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Overview

Vanessa Komarnicki’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on the acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of patents and industrial designs. She has expertise drafting, filing and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications in a variety of fields, including the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical fields. She also has experience advising on patentability, validity and infringement of intellectual property rights. Vanessa additionally has experience in listing patents on Canada’s Patent Register and advising on drug pricing.

In addition to her qualifications as a lawyer, Vanessa is a registered patent agent in Canada.

Representative Work

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Recognition

Vanessa was awarded the Fay Keen Prize and the Second-Year Scholar Award during her studies in law school. While obtaining her masters in biomedical engineering, she received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Barbara and Frank Milligan Graduate Fellowship.

Insights

Update on CETA’s Treatment of Intellectual Property

Canadian Intellectual Property Review (vol. 30, no. 1, pages 81-87)

The SCC 2012 Copyright Pentalogy

Co-author, Technology Contracting: Law, Precedents and Commentary, Chapter 10.6(e), (loose leaf), Carswell

Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Vanessa summered and articled with a boutique intellectual property law firm in Toronto. Throughout her articles, she worked in-house with a major firm client one day per week on secondment where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications.

Prior to her legal career, Vanessa gained experience in protein engineering as a graduate student at the University of Toronto and in biofuel production while working in industry.

Community

During law school, Vanessa volunteered at Advocates for Injured Workers, where she acted as a caseworker, shift leader and co-director.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group
  • Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce