Partner announcement

Melanie Baird joins Tyr LLP to lead new IP litigation team

April 8, 2024

One of Canada’s preeminent intellectual property litigators, Melanie Baird joins Tyr LLP from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she was the head of the IP Litigation Group. She is the go-to Canadian adviser for an array of world-leading life sciences and technology companies.

Melanie has been consistently recognized as a leading litigator both in Canada and globally. She was named IP Litigator of the Year by Benchmark in 2022 and again in 2023. She is ranked as one of the Top 100 Women Litigators in Canada and one of the Top 250 Women in IP worldwide and is recognized by every major legal directory including Lexpert, IAM Patent 1000 and Chambers.

Melanie excels at litigating cases in emerging fields. She acted on the first biologic and the first biosimilar drug patent cases in Canada in addition to numerous precedent-setting trials, applications, and appeals. Melanie works extensively with life sciences companies on complex litigation and regulatory issues of all sorts and is intimately familiar with the business of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. In particular, she has extensive experience leading litigation under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. Melanie also has broad experience in the software, technology and social media fields, handling commercial, patent, trademark, copyright and licensing disputes.

To learn more about Tyr’s new intellectual property team, visit our website.


Tyr LLP is a litigation firm based in Toronto. Tyr specializes in trial work and providing strategic solutions to complex disputes. Founded by a group of highly experienced litigators from one of Canada's leading litigation firms, Tyr's lawyers have an established track record of success, and have been and are involved in a number of precedent-setting cases. Tyr’s lawyers are consistently highly ranked in peer-reviewed publications, including Chambers, Lexpert, Benchmark Canada, IAM Patent 1000, World Trademark Review 1000 and Best Lawyers. Tyr is committed to providing excellent client service and innovative, practical and efficient solutions that align with its clients' objectives. Tyr has the expertise and bench strength to take on the biggest and most important cases, and the flexibility to handle smaller matters in an innovative, efficient and cost effective manner.

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Melanie Baird


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Western University

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