Anthony G. Creber Partner Patent & Trademark Agent


Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1981 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0140

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: anthony.creber@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa



Anthony G. Creber

Tony Creber is a senior partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and past Canadian leader of Gowling WLG's Intellectual Property Litigation & Strategy Group.

Tony has been an IP litigator for over 35 years and is recognized as one of the leading IP litigators in Canada. Tony’s primary focus is on chemical and pharmaceutical patent litigation, including major patent infringement cases. His practice also includes trade-mark litigation, regulatory issues and advising on strategic IP life cycle matters.

He has appeared extensively in the Federal Court (both Trial and Appeal) and the Supreme Court of Canada on patent matters, including questions of patentability of life forms, patent licensing and the infringement of biotech patents.

His recent Supreme Court appearances include leading cases that have defined key aspects of Canadian patent law such as Monsanto v. Schmeiser and Apotex v. Sanofi-Synthelabo (“Plavix”).

Generally, Tony appears for patentees and represents many major pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly, BMS, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, Purdue, Allergan and Sanofi.

As the lead partner in the Apotex v. Sanofi-Synthelabo Canada case, Anthony won the coveted “Milestone Case of the Year 2014” and "Patent Case of the Year 2009" awards given by Managing Intellectual Property. Tony also received Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP Practitioner of the Year 2014” award.

During the past 20 years, Tony has consistently been recognized as a one of the pre-eminent intellectual property law practitioners and litigators in Canada by numerous publications.

Chambers Global 2014 describes him as “the go-to person for patent litigation matters in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors”; Benchmark Canada 2014 refers to him as a “litigation star”; Who’s Who Legal Canada 2014 calls him “a leader in the field of patent litigation.” He is also listed as a top lawyer in Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada.

He is also a registered patent and trademark agent and is permitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent.

Career & Recognition

The go-to person for patent litigation matters in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.
- Chambers Global 2014
  • Rankings & Awards
    May 2017
    Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017
  • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
     1981
    Ontario
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    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Lexpert/ROB Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
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      December2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015
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      November2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
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      October2015
      LMG Life Sciences 2015
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      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
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      September2015
      The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015
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      August2015
      Expert Guides: Patents
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      July2015
      IAM Patent 1000, 2015
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      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
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      July2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015
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      Managing Intellectual Property 2015
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      May2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences 2015
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      April2015
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015
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      Chambers Global 2015
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      February2015
      The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015
  • 2014

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      December2014
      Lexpert recognizes Gowlings professionals as leading litigation lawyers
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      November2014
      LMG Life Sciences 2014
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      October2014
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
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      October2014
      LMG Life Sciences Awards 2014
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      September2014
      Managing IP's IP Stars Handbook 2014
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      September2014
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014
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      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      July2014
      IAM Patent 1000, 2014
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      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
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      July2014
      Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2014
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      April2014
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014
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      April2014
      Chambers Global 2014
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      April2014
      Gowlings wins big at the Managing IP North America Awards
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      April2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers 2014
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      February2014
      Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      2014
      Managing Intellectual Property: Practitioner of the Year - Canada
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      2014
      Managing Intellectual Property - Milestone Case
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      2014
      MIP - Milestone Case
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2013
      Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
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      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
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      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      September2013
      Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers 2013
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      August2013
      LMG Life Sciences 2013
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      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
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      July2013
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013
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      June2013
      IAM Patent 1000 , 2013
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      April2013
      Chambers Global 2013
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      March2013
      Benchmark Canada 2013
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      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
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      February2013
      2013 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • 2012

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      December2012
      2012 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
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      December2012
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012
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      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
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      July2012
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012
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      July2012
      IAM Patent 1000 , 2012
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      June2012
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
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      April2012
      Benchmark Canada 2012
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      April2012
      Chambers Global 2012
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      February2012
      Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2011
      Who’s Who Legal 2011
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      May2011
      Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers , 2011
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      May2011
      Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      March2011
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Lexpert® 2011 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Expert Guides, 2010
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      February2010
      Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2010
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      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
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      February2010
      PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook , 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
      2009
      MIP: Case of the Year - Canada Patent
  • 1981

    • Career
      May1981
      Gowling & Henderson
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1981
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      University of Toronto, LLB
  • 1976

    • Education
      1976
      Queen's University, BSc (Honours, Chemistry)

Tony has litigated hundreds of patent-related cases, many of which involve multiple patents, multiple defendants and multiple court files. These cases include matters related to the following drugs:

  • Aclasta®
  • Adderall®
  • Alertec®
  • Alimta®
  • Altace®
  • Avalide®
  • Avapro®
  • Axid®
  • Boniva®
  • Capoten®
  • Ceclor®
  • Cellcept®
  • Claritin®
  • Diflun®
  • Dobutrex®
  • Effexor®
  • Evista®
  • Exelon®
  • Exjade®
  • Floxin®
  • Gleevec®
  • Hismanal®
  • Kefzol®
  • Lamisil®
  • Levaquin®
  • Maxipime®
  • Monopril®
  • Motilium®
  • Myfortic®
  • Neoral®
  • Nizoral®
  • Oxycontin®
  • Paxil®
  • Plavix®
  • Pravachol®
  • Prepulsid®
  • Prozac®
  • Rocephin®
  • Sandimmune®
  • Serzone®
  • Strattera®
  • Tarceva®
  • Targin®
  • Taxotere®
  • Tequin®
  • TobiPodhaler®
  • Tolectin®
  • Tracleer®
  • Trifexis®
  • Urso®
  • Valcyte®
  • Vancocin®
  • Vesicare®
  • Xeloda®
  • Zithromax®
  • Zometa®
  • Zoloft®
  • Zyprexa®

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