Conor D. M. McCourt

Conor D. M. McCourt

Toronto: 416.865.8181
Fax 416.865.7380


JD, 1980
Osgoode Hall Law School
1974–75, 1976–77 University of Toronto
Department of Chemical Engineering

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1982


Conor McCourt is a co-chair of Torys' Intellectual Property Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience practising in all areas of intellectual property, particularly in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical patent, trademark and regulatory fields. Conor manages intellectual property-related aspects of major business transactions and engages in the acquisition, licensing and strategic management of intellectual property assets. Conor has extensive expertise, at both the federal and provincial levels, in pharmaceutical market access including pricing. Conor has attended the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board for numerous voluntary compliance undertaking (VCU) negotiations.

Conor regularly works with many of the top pharmaceutical companies in Canada and the United States. His work spans a wide range of issues. For example, Conor has been involved with product clearances (freedom to operate); he has advised on a patent and trademark portfolio acquisition strategy for a key product in the pharmaceutical marketplace; he has been involved in the regulation of product pricing in the pharmaceutical industry and litigation involving the patent/health regulatory interface; he has undertaken litigation proceedings based on injurious falsehood and trade libel relating to a major pharmaceutical product.

Conor is a member of Torys' Payments and Cards Group and has been involved in the brand- and trademark-related aspects of a number of significant transactions in the payments and cards area.

In addition to his qualifications as a lawyer, Conor is a registered patent and trademark agent in the United States and Canada.

Representative Work

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Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property law (2009-2015, 2017) and biotechnology law (2013-2015, 2017)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, intellectual property (2016-2017)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2010-2016)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2015-2016)

Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in life sciences (2015-2016)

Intellectual Asset Management's IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners—Leading lawyer in transactions and prosecution (2012-2016)

Best Lawyers' 2015 Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year in Toronto 

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2009-2014) and biotechnology (2009 and 2011-2014)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in life sciences (2010-2016)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers—Leading lawyer in patent litigation and transactional law (2014)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2013)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?—Recommended Canadian practitioner in life sciences: patent counseling, regulatory (2012)

Globe Business Publishing's World Trademark Review—Recommended Canadian expert in trademarks (2011)


Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)