Vanessa Komarnicki

Vanessa Komarnicki

Toronto: 416.865.7657
Fax 416.865.7380


JD, 2012
University of Toronto
MASc, Protein Engineering, 2009
University of Toronto
BASc, Engineering Science (Honours), 2007
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013


Vanessa Komarnicki’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 was awarded the Marie F. Morency Memorial Prize for obtaining the highest mark in Canada in patent drafting in the 2015 patent agent examinations.

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Vanessa was 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.


Professional Involvement

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

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group
  • Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce