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Fasken Martineau Recruits Another Key Player in Patent Field

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October 10, 2007

Dr. Serge Lapointe Joins Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group

Fasken Martineau takes great pleasure in welcoming Dr. Serge Lapointe as partner. Dr. Lapointe is a patent agent with a solid expertise in the protection of intellectual property assets. A past master in the art of designing and optimizing strategies, he specializes in appraising patent portfolios in the life sciences sector.

Dr. Lapointe has been working in the intellectual property sector for nearly ten years. His past five years in the corporate environment furnished him with in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry's specific needs and also of the numerous scientific and legal considerations tied to the development of new drugs.

"The firm is currently building a national team of patent agents and has made it its duty to recruit the best resources. Serge Lapointe is a prime example," commented Claude Auger, managing director of Fasken Martineau's Montréal and Québec City offices.

Dr. Lapointe drafts patent applications and prepares opinions for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. He has been actively involved in obtaining protection for various kinds of inventions closely or distantly related to the medical field, including drafting and filing applications for patents on genes, proteins, antibiotics, and transgenic plants and animals as well as innovative approaches to treating diabetes, obesity, neurological diseases and cancer. Dr. Lapointe has also been involved in numerous intellectual property due diligence on behalf of major institutional investors.

Serge Lapointe is a registered patent agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).

Member of the Ordre des chimistes du Québec, he completed both a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and his Doctorate at Laval University. His doctorate thesis focused on the purification, characterization and cloning of factors from the female reproductive tract that stimulate the motility and survival of bovine sperm.