David Wood

PhD

Partner

Calgary
DWood@blg.com
403.232.9742

David’s practice focuses on intellectual property and regulatory law. His regulatory practice is specific to the Canadian cannabis industry and to work with controlled substances. His clients include: 

  • Federal licence holders and applicants under the Cannabis Regulations
  • Federal licence holders and applicants under Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations (restricted drugs)
  • Technology companies
  • Other domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian cannabis industry

David’s intellectual property practice and experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, assessing patentability of technology, assessing validity of patents, assessing infringement of patents, patent-related due diligence, and multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio management.

David hold a PhD in biochemistry and his formal graduate-level education in structural biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, plant biochemistry, and natural products chemistry provides a strong technical background for advising clients in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to both intellectual property and regulatory law.

David is a Co-Chair of BLG’s National Cannabis Focus Group.

Experience

  • Advising an international pharmaceutical company in relation to cannabis supply, regulatory compliance and dosage forms.
  • Advising a national pharmacy chain in relation to cannabis supply, regulatory compliance and new product categories.
  • Advising a natural health products company in relation to a processing and cultivation licence, and intellectual property.
  • Advising multiple biotechnology companies in relation to research and processing licences under the Cannabis Regulations, dealer’s licences under the Narcotic Control Regulations, dealer’s licences under Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations, and in relation to intellectual property protection.
  • Providing ongoing regulatory advice to federal cannabis licence holders and to entities applying for licenses under the Cannabis Regulations, including on labelling and promotional restrictions.
  • Advising a major software company, federal cannabis licence holders, provincial retail licence and permit holders, cannabis accessories vendors, clinics and other entities in relation to promotional activity regulated by the Cannabis Act, the Cannabis Regulations and provincial legislation.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating multiple cannabis supply agreements, and cannabis plant intellectual property licenses, between cultivation licence holders, nursery licence holders and processing licence holders.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating supply agreements for psilocybin to be used in research, and advising on agreements related to intellectual property and regulatory compliance for potential commercialization of psilocybin, MDMA, LSD and other restricted drugs by licensed dealers under Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating multiple white-label and co-packing agreements between cultivation licence holders, processing licence holders, and unlicensed entities holding intellectual property rights relevant to branding or manufacturing, including foreign entities holding intellectual property rights.
  • Advising on transaction of hemp flowers between Industrial Hemp Regulations licence holders and cannabis processors.
  • Advising food companies in relation to positioning for sale of edible cannabis, including both foods and beverages.
  • Advising payment processors and other e-commerce businesses on compliance with the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations for working with processing licence holders and medical sales licence holders.
  • Advising multiple entities on obtaining retail sales licenses or permits in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
  • Drafting website terms and conditions and privacy policy and advising on online promotional activity for domestic and foreign federal cannabis licence holders, provincial retail licence and permit holders, social media sites and other industry participants.
  • Advising multiple technology companies (domestic and foreign), including Cannabis Regulations licence holders, licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations and Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations, and applicants, in relation to:
  • scope of activities under Cannabis Regulations licences, Marihuana Medical Access Regulations personal production licences extended by R v. Allard, dealer’s licences under the Narcotic Control Regulations and dealer’s licences under Part J of the Food and Drug Regulations
  • intellectual property licensing;
  • patent rights, including drafting and filing patent applications in relation to biotechnology and dosage forms;
  • plant breeders’ rights; and
  • trade secrets.
  • Advising assisted living facilities in relation to the scope of practice of nurses outside of hospital, and in relation to adult-use policies.
  • Working with professionals in BLG's corporate and immigration groups to move skilled individuals into Canada to work in the cannabis industry.
  • Advising federal cannabis licensees and other entities on the scope of wares and services that may be included in trademark applications to position for product diversification.
  • Engaging the Government of Canada on behalf of federal licence holders to prepare submissions on regulations under the Cannabis Act and the Excise Act, and engaging with the Government of Québec about restrictions on cannabis concentrates.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Affiliate member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2009
  • LLB, University of Saskatchewan, 2008
  • PhD, University of Saskatchewan, 2005
  • BSc, University of Saskatchewan, 2000