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Four new associates for Smart & Biggar

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 9:54 AM | By John Chunn

Smart & Biggar announced that Jacob Green, Chen Li, Michael Sgro and Eleanor Wilson have joined the firm.

According to the firm’s press release, each new associate previously articled with the firm and has returned following their call to the bar this summer. Green, Li and Wilson will work in Toronto while Sgro will be based in Ottawa.

Green’s practice focuses on patent protection. He works with innovators and cutting-edge technology on a daily basis, providing clients with patentability options for proposed patent applications and prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of technologies. Before joining Smart & Biggar, he worked in electronic design with unmanned aerial vehicles ranging from toy helicopters to autonomous industrial drones.

With a focus on life sciences, Li is involved in all aspects of litigation and regulation, including drafting court documents, corresponding with expert witnesses and preparing opinions. In addition to litigation, Li also assists in patent prosecution and related strategic counselling and due diligence. Before entering law, Li worked as a research scientist at multiple labs, conducting research on fibroproliferative diseases, DNA repair mechanisms, stem cell therapy and micro-RNA technology.

Sgro’s experience covers the pharmaceutical and chemical patent fields. He specializes in chemical compositions, small molecules (NCEs), semiconductors, polymers, catalysts and catalytic processes and manufacturing processes and apparatuses. He works with new technologies; particularly those relating to new drugs, specialty chemicals, industrial chemical processes and clean technologies. Prior to entering the legal field, Sgro completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Toronto and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary.

Working within the firm’s life sciences team, Wilson focuses primarily on patent litigation and advising clients on patent-related matters. She assists in the development of litigation strategies, drafts written arguments and prepares opinions. In addition to her litigation practice, sher assists in patent prosecution and providing guidance related to securing and enforcing patent rights.