Dan Polonenko, PhD Principal Patent Agent


Speaks:  English

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1950

Fax: +1 403-695-3553

Email: dan.polonenko@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary



Dan Polonenko, PhD

Dan Polonenko is a principal and patent agent in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG. His practice involves patent drafting and prosecution in the fields of life sciences, focusing on biotechnology, health, medical devices, agriculture and forestry, oil and gas, energy, clean tech, environmental technologies, process engineering, and mechanical inventions. Additionally, Dan provides business-focused strategic intellectual property (IP) and technology commercialization services.

Dan is the national chair of Gowling WLG's Institutional Initiatives Group, and is a member of numerous professional industry groups at the firm. These groups include the Chemistry, Life Science Industry, Patent Prosecution and Technology groups.

A registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States, Dan has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian biotech industry, including seven years at the executive levels at two companies. During his scientific and business careers, Dan co-authored 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications and several book chapters. As an inventor, Dan is a co-inventor of six issued patent families.

With over 13 years of corporate experience, Dan has been involved in strategic business plan preparation and implementation, budgeting and cost management, as well as the development and management of IP portfolios.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Dan worked for seven years as IP counsel and patent agent at another leading Canadian law firm, as well as at a Canadian IP boutique.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      June2016
      IAM Strategy 300 — The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2016
      IAM Patent 1000
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Client Choice Award, leading patent service provider in Alberta
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      IAM Patent 1000, 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      IAM 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      IAM Strategy 300 — The World’s Leading IP Strategists
    • Education
      University of Waterloo, B.Sc.
    • Education
      University of Waterloo, M.Sc.
    • Education
      University of Waterloo, Ph.D.
    • Education
      Registered Patent Agent: Canada, USA

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)

Papers:

"Canadian first filing: Something worth considering" co-authored with Lisa Sim, Gowlings, June 2014.

"Integration of IP Counsel and Legal Counsel Services to Expedite Technology Commercialization" co-authored with Lorie Wheeler in Gowlings Life Sciences & Law Current Issues, 2013/2014, April 2013

“Use of IP Audits to Optimize Patent Life Cycle Management” in Gowlings Life Sciences & Law Current Issues, 2012/2013, June 2012

“A Shift in Commercialization Strategies: From Closed to Open Innovation” in Gowlings Life Sciences & Law Current Issues, 2011/2012, June 2011

“Water Supply & Recycling: IP & Commercialization Issues in Canada” in Technology Law Issues, 2011/2012, December 2011

“Canada’s Biotech Ecosystem: Are We Keeping Pace?” Biotech Focus, 2010

 “Protection of New Plants and New Plant Technologies in Canada and the United States” in AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual, 3rd Edition, October, 2008.

Presentations:

"Setting Up Business in a Foreign Country" co-authored by Lorie Wheeler in Gowlings, November 2012

"Protecting Your IP Against Corporate Espionage", Saskatchewan STEP Trade Conference, September 26, 2012

"Protecting and Capturing Value From Your IP", APEX Alberta, Medicine Hat, September 19, 2012

“Making your Open Innovation Initiatives Thrive”, NineSigma Workshop, Vancouver, August 16, 2012

“The Five Ws of IP Protection”, novaNAIT, Edmonton, December 16, 2011

“Open Innovation Business Practices: An Overview”, ACCT Canada Workshop, Montreal, November 20, 2011

 “Patenting 101”, ACCT Canada Training Workshop, Toronto, April 18, 2011

“Capturing Commercial Value from Institutional IP”, Conference Board of Canada, Winnipeg, April 13, 2011

“Business issues in commercialization of licensed-in IP”, ACCT Canada Workshop, December 5, 2010

“Open Source & Open Innovation”, University of Manitoba, November 10, 2010

 “Surviving an IP Audit”, ABIC 2010, Saskatoon, September 12, 2010

“Understanding and protecting your IP”, SAIT, Calgary, February 1, 2010

“What Do We Have To Offer and What Does Industry Really Want From Us?”, ACCT Canada “Industry Engagement – Building Better Bridges”, Victoria, November 11, 2009

“Copyrighting for Inventors, Authors & Artists”, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, November 5, 2009

Media Mentions

Quoted in "Lunch with..." feature in Alberta Venture, March 2013