Teresa’s scientific fluency supports her broad intellectual property skills and business-minded approach, helping clients realize and manage their intellectual property and product regulatory strategy.
Teresa provides ongoing advice to clients who sell regulated products in the food, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
She advises on intellectual property and regulatory issues in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical fields, including the validity patentability and infringement of intellectual property rights. Teresa has extensive experience with drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications and is frequently involved in drafting and negotiating IP licensing, research and development, co-promotion, marketing and confidentiality agreements for her clients.
She also provides guidance on Food and Drugs Act compliance, establishment licensing, product licensing, packaging and labeling, drug pricing and formulary listings. She has deep knowledge in the advertising and promotion of consumer products, food and health products, as well as mandatory reporting and corrective actions.
Her work regularly includes advising clients across industries on privacy issues, cross-border transfer of personal information and compliance with privacy law obligations, particularly involving personal health information.
Teresa is a registered patent agent in Canada. In September 2009, she was awarded for having achieved the highest overall mark in Canada on the 2008 patent agent exams.
‘She takes the time to understand our commercial objectives,’ praised one client, with another saying: ‘She is very thorough, client-centric and an expert in this area.’
—Chambers Canada, 2021
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in life sciences: regulatory/compliance
The Legal 500—Next generation partner in intellectual property
LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in regulatory
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners—Leading lawyer in prosecution
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in life sciences & health and biotechnology
Who’s Who Legal—Leading Canadian lawyer in life sciences
Teresa worked with the LSUC on an e-Course titled “Privacy Law Basic for Business Lawyers,” which explains the privacy law obligations of a corporation in three situations: on an ongoing basis, in the course of a transaction and upon a privacy breach. It provides a foundation in privacy law for business lawyers of all experience levels.
Teresa is a member of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (and of the IPIC Licensing Committee), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She is also a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and is a frequent presenter at these events.
Before joining Torys, Teresa was a research associate at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto.
Education and Bar Admissions
Registered Patent Agent (highest overall exam mark in Canada), 2008
Canadian Patent Office
University of Toronto
PhD (Molecular and Medical Genetics), 2003
University of Toronto
BSc (Molecular and Medical Genetics, With High Distinction), 1998