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Joanne Chriqui


Joanne Chriqui


T:+1 514.847.4422

Joanne Chriqui practises intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patent, industrial design, trade-mark and copyright litigation. She has appeared before the Federal and Quebec courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Her expertise spans mechanical, biomedical and pharmaceutical patents, as well as enforcing patent, copyright, and trade secret rights involving software and other new technologies.

Ms. Chriqui often coordinates multijurisdictional patent and trade-mark litigation matters and regularly advises clients on the international enforcement of their intellectual property rights. She is regularly called upon to lead complex litigation cases, including those involving the assertion of multiple IP rights. She is frequently consulted on the acquisition, management, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property assets, particularly patent and trade-mark portfolios. She regularly prepares legal opinions on the infringement and/or validity of patent and other intellectual property rights, as well as on the freedom to operate or manufacture a given technology in Canada.

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  • Education

    LL.B./B.C.L., McGill University, 1995
    B.Com., Management Information Systems, McGill University, 1991

  • Representative experience

    Matters in which Ms. Chriqui has acted include:

    • Lead counsel in a patent infringement and invalidity action in the Federal Court involving 12 different families of medical devices
    • Lead counsel in a patent infringement and invalidity action involving a business method patent concerning the prevention of vehicle theft using a linked computerized service network
    • Lead counsel in a copyright and contractual dispute involving the outsourcing of software development
    • Co-counsel in several damages and profits references, aimed at computing damages or profits following findings of patent infringement and validity
    • Lead counsel in a patent, trade-mark and industrial design litigation involving sports equipment
    • Co-counsel before both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal in a patent infringement case involving helicopter landing gear
    • Co-counsel before both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, in a pharmaceutical (antihypertensive) patent infringement and invalidity case affecting several jurisdictions worldwide
    • Lead counsel in an impeachment action concerning several trade-marks used and registered in relation to nutritional supplements


  • Admissions
    • Canada (trade-marks) 1999
    • Quebec 1996
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • IP Stars (2017, 2018):  Patent Star - Canada
    • IP Stars (2017, 2018):  Trade-mark Star - Canada
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2015-2016):  Recommended in Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Whose Device Is It Anyway?” MEDEC webinar, October 2014.
    • “Naviguer à travers les complexités de la législation relativement aux sûretés sur la propriété intellectuelle,” Financement & Sûretés (8ieme édition), The Canadian Institute, Montreal, January 2011.  
    • Guest speaker at various seminars pertaining to intellectual property matters, such as Do You Own Your Most Important Assets, the IP Audit, IP Basics for Litigators and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in the Federal Court.
  • Memberships and activities
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    • Lord Reading Law Society