Vanessa's practice focuses on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on the acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of patents and industrial designs. She has experience drafting, filing and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications, and 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 and the United States, and was awarded the Marie F. Morency Memorial Prize for obtaining the highest mark in Canada in patent drafting in the 2015 patent agent examinations.
Vanessa was awarded the Marie F. Morency Memorial Prize for obtaining the highest mark in Canada in patent drafting in the 2015 patent agent examinations. She was also 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.
Girls’ Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE) 2018
University of Toronto Alumnae career panel speaker
Guest Lecturer on Intellectual Property for the Engineering Science Option Seminar
Vanessa is a member of the Patent Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
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.
During law school, Vanessa volunteered at Advocates for Injured Workers, where she acted as a caseworker, shift leader and co-director.
Memberships and Affiliations
Vanessa is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Toronto Intellectual Property Group and the Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce.