IAM names four of Torys' lawyers among the world's top 250 patent litigators

March 10, 2011

In its inaugural publication of the world's top 250 patent litigators, Intellectual Asset Management names Torys as a leading firm in Canada, a "prominent jurisdiction for patent litigation" and "an important centre in the debate on the patentability of business methods."

Torys was commended for actively developing our IP practice in recent years. Our "relatively young team" is particularly focused on pharmaceutical litigation, with Pfizer, BIOTECanada and GlaxoSmithKline as among our clients.

Four of our lawyers were named as exceptional practitioners:

  • Andrew Shaughnessy, an “extremely industrious and highly skilled litigator who is great with his clients,” is praised for his preparedness, thoughtfulness and presentation skills. He is currently lead counsel in an action to protect Pfizer’s heart drug Accupril.
  • Andrew Bernstein is "a courteous advocate who takes a fair fight and a good fight" to his opponents. He has represented Pfizer in a number of litigations, including against Mylan in a case involving Viagra.
  • John Laskin is "a highly experienced general litigator and turns in an excellent performance when appearing in patent cases."
  • Peter Wilcox is "another sterling attorney who does some great work for Pfizer." Other clients include National Oilwell Varco, which is currently embroiled in a case against Pason regarding drilling systems for oil and gas wells.


The 250 individuals identified by IAM's research team received substantial feedback from private practitioners and their users in more than 20 key jurisdictions. The top-class lawyers were reported to combine an in-depth knowledge of the legal process with an understanding of their clients' businesses to develop strategies for fighting cases that leave their clients in the best position possible.


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