Erik Yelemanov is a technical consultant in patents in the Intellectual Property group. As part of his practice, Erik specializes in patents, industrial designs and trade secrets as well as international trade. In particular, he focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications related to information technology with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.
Erik Yelemanov’s intellectual property practice primarily focuses on patents, where he specializes in technologies relating to information technology. Erik advises clients ranging from individuals and start-up companies to multinationals in protecting their technological innovations while taking into account their business strategy and their competitors. Erik has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in areas such as artificial intelligence, search engines, autonomous vehicles, mobile devices, cryptography, user interfaces, mechanical inventions and business methods, among others.
Erik speaks French, English and Russian, and particularly enjoys interacting with inventors in order to grasp the challenges of their technological innovations as well as their business market, to help them implement an optimal protection according to their needs.
In Erik’s view, patents are primarily business assets, and not just offensive weapons.
Prior to beginning his career, Erik received a B.Eng in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montreal where he studied mathematics, quantum mechanics, solid-state physics and photonic optics. While at Polytechnique, he collaborated with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in programming a telescope to establish an optical communication link with a satellite.
Prior to joining Fasken, Mr. Yelemanov practised at a major law firm. In addition to this experience, he was a scientific advisor for the film Arrival (2016) directed by Denis Villeneuve as well as a programmer consultant for various Quebec productions.