Geoffrey de Kleine

Partner

Vancouver
GdeKleine@blg.com
604.640.4227

Geoffrey is a registered Canadian and U.S. patent agent with over 20 years of experience in mechanical, materials and metallurgical, and electrical fields including medical devices, oil and gas, water treatment, consumer products, semiconductor packaging, and heat exchanger technologies. Geoffrey is also a Professional Engineer.

He focuses his practice on:

  • patent application drafting and prosecution
  • industrial design protection
  • intellectual property management
  • patentability searches and opinions
  • Intellectual property protection strategies

Prior to joining BLG, he worked at a leading IP boutique firm. Geoffrey also previously worked in industry as an engineer.

Within BLG, Geoffrey is the Regional Group Manager for Specialized Business Law in Vancouver.

Experience

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.
  • Preparation and prosecution of Industrial Design applications.
  • Developing and providing opinions on patentability, infringement, validity, inventorship and freedom-to-operate issues.
  • Undertaking IP due diligence reviews.
  • Advising on patent filing, Industrial Design, and IP portfolio strategies.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
  • Course coordinator and Member of FICPI Education Commission
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Professional Engineers Ontario

Community Involvement

  • 2020 Course Co-ordinator (since 2011) and tutor (since 2004) for FICPI Academy of Education – Patent Drafting Course - South East Asian Edition (formerly the South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) Course).
  • 2018 Course Co-ordinator for FICPI Academy of Education - Patent Drafting Course – Latin American Edition.
  • Judge, Coast Capital Savings SFU Venture Prize Competition, 2019 (and since 2017).

Awards & Recognitions

  • Consistently recognized as an IP Star (Patent Star) each year since 2014 by Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars.
  • Consistently recognized each year since 2014 as one of the world's leading patent practitioners in the IAM Patent 1000.
  • Recognized by the 2016 Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Patents category in British Columbia.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Qualified as Patent Agent, 2001
  • M.Sc. (Engineering), Queen's University, 1996
  • B.Sc. (Materials Engineering), Queen's University, 1993