Michael J. Damiani

PhD

Partner

Vancouver
MDamiani@blg.com
604.632.3413

Michael specializes in drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to life sciences and clean technology, including:

  • biotechnology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • therapeutics
  • industrial and wastewater treatment technology
  • bio-based materials
  • biogas
  • membrane technology
Michael’s knowledge extends to patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues. He also counsels clients on international patent strategies and portfolio management.

Additionally, Michael has experience helping start-up companies grow. He co-founded StartUp & Grow™, a BLG initiative that offers practical, efficient legal solutions tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage and growth-stage companies.
Before joining BLG as an articling student, Michael conducted doctoral research in biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. While completing his research, Michael also attended law school at the University of Alberta. Michael was called to the bar in 2013 and passed the Canadian Patent Agent exams in 2015.

Experience

  • Acts for life sciences, biotechnology, water, energy, clean tech, biogas, and biomaterials companies in patent prosecution and procurement matters.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Young Lawyers sections)
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Student Biotechnology Network (SBN)
  • Advisor, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Scale-Up Centre for SMEs Advisory Committee, 2020-present
  • Advisor, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Small Business Council Advisory Committee, 2019-2020

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Managing IP as a Rising Star for 2020/2021

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 2013
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent for Canadian applicants
  • JD, University of Alberta, 2012
  • PhD in Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2012
  • BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2006