Clare Salisbury Principal Patent Agent

Speaks:  English

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2253

Fax: +1 604-683-3558


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Clare Salisbury

Clare Salisbury is a principal and patent agent with nearly two decades of experience helping clients manage their patent portfolios. Clare is based in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office and has a broad range of clients from various industries, including agriculture, clean energy, biotechnology, composite materials, universities, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Clare helps her clients with strategic patent counselling and prepares and prosecutes national and international patent applications and industrial design applications.

In addition to being a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, Clare is also a European patent attorney and chartered U.K. patent attorney. Prior to moving to Canada, Clare worked for a U.K. patent attorney firm and has significant experience preparing and prosecuting European and U.K. patents as well as European opposition work and oral hearings before the European Patent Office. She also drafts and prosecutes patents in Canada, the United States and around the world.

Clare uses her abilities to help others and is a keen mentor and trainer. Within Gowling WLG, she plays a significant role helping create a team culture and has been instrumental in implementing procedures to improve efficiency and excellence in the patent group. Clare is also an active member of the firm's diversity committee.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

  • 1999

    • Education
      Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, M.Sc.
  • 1994

    • Education
      University of Newcastle, B.Sc.


  • Fellow, British Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

"Not all first to file systems are the same," Life Sciences & Law Current Issues 2013/14, co-authored with Konrad Sechley

Chair for Emerging Company Session at I2012 Conference, May 16, 2012

"Patent Claim Strategy & Doctrine of Exhaustion," TEC Edmonton, March 8, 2012

"Strategic Use of Intellectual Property," Investor Ready Workshop, Vancouver , Feb 23, 2012 - co presented with Lisa Sim and Karen Binder

"The Five "Ws" of IP Protection," NAIT, Edmonton, December 16, 2011 - co-presented with Dan Polonenko

"Patent Practice in Europe: Current Issues," LES Vancouver, March 4, 2010 - co presented with Sean Alexander

"Impermissible 'Clerical Error' Correction of Patents in Canada," co-authored with Victor Tsao, Life Sciences & Law Current Issues 2010/11

"Patentability of Human Embryonic Stem Cells," Life Sciences & Law Current Issues 2009/10

"The Essentials of Patent and Trade Secret Protection," Life Science BC Workshop, September 2009

"Cost Effective Protection of Intellectual Property," Gowling's workshop, Vancouver, June 2009

"Protecting your Intellectual Property in Turbulent Times, Gowlings Life Science Webinar Series, May 14, 2009 - co presented with Konrad Sechley

Clare regularly presents on patent protection and related topics and has published several papers on patent-related matters.