Melanie Rowand

Melanie Sharman Rowand

Senior Associate
Toronto: 416.865.7345
Fax 416.865.7380


Registered Patent Agent Canadian Patent Office LLB (Honours), 1997
University of Toronto
MSc (Botany), 1994
University of Toronto
BScH (Biology), 1992
Queen’s University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999


Melanie is a scientist and senior attorney who practices exclusively in the areas of intellectual property and food and drug regulatory law, with a special focus on the agricultural/agribusiness, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

Melanie’s experience includes drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, advising on transactions involving patents/patent applications, and advising on the acquisition, validity, and infringement of intellectual property rights. Melanie also provides strategic advice on patent and regulatory law in the agricultural/agribusiness, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, including novel food and novel feed approvals, and the interface between IP and regulatory issues (e.g. patent listing, data protection, PMPRB and supplementary protection certificate issues). Melanie has an advanced degree in botany and is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.



Memberships and Affiliations

Melanie is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, Life Sciences Ontario, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the Toronto Intellectual Property Group and the Organizing Committee for the Women in IP Networking Group (IPIC).