With the legalization of cannabis quickly approaching in Canada, one of our lawyers discusses the final steps industry competitors need to take.
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The only Canadian practice to be ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners, Torys’ Life Sciences Practice is widely recognized for its transactional expertise, and for its range of IP services. We advise our biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and other health technology clients on protecting inventions, commercialization, establishing appropriate and tax efficient business structures, and in licensing, financing and mergers and acquisitions. Our team of 42 lawyers and patent agents, including 8 PhDs, provides all of the services required by life sciences companies and their partnering organizations—inventors and start-ups, multinational pharmaceutical and biotech companies, life sciences investors, venture capitalists and investment bankers. We represent 14 of the world's top 20 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, ranked by healthcare revenue.
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