Associate announcement

R. Nelson Godfrey joins Smart & Biggar

November 11, 2013

Nelson Godfrey’s practice focusses on all aspects and areas of intellectual property, with particular emphasis on patent and trade-mark prosecution, licensing, commercialization and strategy, privacy matters and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Godfrey has extensive experience drafting a wide array of contractual documents, including licensing and IP transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements and IP development agreements. He also regularly prepares and prosecutes trade-mark and patent applications, as well as memoranda, motions and notices of civil claim with respect to litigation matters including trade-mark oppositions, infringement, privacy and confidential information disputes. As well, Mr. Godfrey has been involved in researching regulatory and IP regimes around the development and delivery of biotechnology products through a Genome Canada-funded research project.

Mr. Godfrey’s clients range from small local entities to large multinational corporations located throughout Western Canada, the United States, and internationally. Mr. Godfrey has a unique understanding and comprehension of client needs, having held in-house IP and regulatory roles with two mid-sized biotechnology companies prior to joining the firm. He is committed to the long-term growth and development of the science and technology sectors in British Columbia and Canada, and has been involved with a wide variety of organizations dedicated to that end.

Mr. Godfrey holds a B.Sc. Hons. (Biochemistry) from the University of Saskatchewan, a J.D. from the University of British Columbia, and is a Registered Trade-mark Agent.

Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas. For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.

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R. Nelson Godfrey

Smart & Biggar

Law School

University of British Columbia

Year Of Call


Area Of Practice

Intellectual Property