Brian Y. Lee Partner Patent Agent

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1998 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-443-7682

Fax: +1 604-683-3558


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Brian Y. Lee

Brian Lee is a partner based in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office. He is the previous head of the Vancouver office's Intellectual Property Group and a previous co-chair of the office's Technology Industry Group.

Brian practises exclusively in the area of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent matters. His patent and technology law practice focuses on mechanical and materials engineering, electrochemistry, and computer-implemented and software technologies, particularly in the clean energy sector.

Brian has extensive experience obtaining patent and industrial design protection, conducting intellectual property due diligence and technology audits, managing patent disputes including assessing patent infringement and validity risks and supporting patent litigation, and assisting organizations to manage their intellectual property portfolios. He has been highly rated by his peers in legal publications such as the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, IAM Patent 1000 and the Best Lawyers in Canada.

Brian is heavily involved in patenting clean energy technologies, particularly hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and was previously in-house counsel at a local fuel cell company and a director of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

He is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Patent and Trademark Association of British Columbia

Brian has been a patent course instructor for a number of organizations including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the Biotechnology Human Resources Council.

Brian has also been a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues at various organizations including:

  • B.C. Regional Science and Technology Network's "Business Accelerator" webinar series
  • Insight Information's "Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements" conference
  • Vancouver Greentech Exchange's monthly speaker series
  • National Research Council's Industrial Research and Assistance Program IP workshops
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and international Trade's "Doing Business in China" seminar.