Konrad A. Sechley, PhD Principal Patent Agent

Speaks:  English

Primary phone: +1 604-443-7610

Fax: +1 604-683-3558

Email: konrad.sechley@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver

Konrad A. Sechley, PhD

Konrad Sechley is a leading patent agent in the life sciences sector with over 20 years of experience in patent prosecution. Working out of Gowling WLG's Vancouver office, Konrad is known for his proactive approach and resourcefulness in pursuing success for his clients.

His practice focuses on patent protection in the biotechnological, agricultural, pharmaceutical, chemical, cleantech, biofuel and bioenergy sectors in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. He works with a full range of clients, including government, university and hospital research labs, and startup and mid-sized biotech, cleantech, pharmaceutical and multinational corporations. Konrad is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, and a qualified Canadian patent examiner.

Top-ranked by major legal directories such as LMG Life Sciences, IAM Patent 1000 and Who's Who Legal Patents, he speaks and publishes regularly on current patent issues in the life sciences.

Konrad was included in the exclusive Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite, Patent Attorneys & Agents chapter in 2019 and IAM Patent 1000 recently remarked: “As one client reports: 'Konrad Sechley is extremely attentive and detail-oriented and develops creative and effective strategies. His reputation for excellence is well deserved and it instils confidence to see how many others rely on his skill, effectiveness and user-friendliness.'”

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Konrad worked as a post-doctoral research scientist in several university, government and industrial research labs in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Konrad is the former leader of the firm's Life Sciences Group, and is a former national leader of its Patent Prosecution Group. He also contributes to the advancement of the profession by being an active member of the Biotechnology Committee with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Biotechnology and Chemical Practice Committees with the American Intellectual Property Institute (AIPLA).

He is past chair of IPIC's Patent Agent Training Tutorials. Konrad is also a past IPIC council member.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December 2015
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      October 2015
      LMG Life Sciences 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      IAM Patent 1000, 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      Who's Who Legal: Patents 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November 2014
      LMG Life Sciences 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2014
      IAM Patent 1000, 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      November 2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2013
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      August 2013
      LMG Life Sciences 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      June 2013
      IAM Patent 1000, 2013
    • Career
      Council member, IPIC
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2012
      IAM Patent 1000, 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      June 2012
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
  • 2011

    • Career
      Chair, Life Sciences Group
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February 2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010
    • Career
      Chair, Patent Agent Training Committee
  • 2009

    • Career
      Chair, Patent Agent Tutorials
  • 2004

    • Career
      Head, Patent Prosecution Practice Group
  • 2000

    • Career
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Partner
  • 1995

    • Education
      Registered Patent Agent, Canada
  • 1993

    • Career
      Candian Patent Examiner
  • 1986

    • Education
      Carleton University, PhD
    • Career
      Research Scientist
    • Rankings & Awards
      Named leading practitioner by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2008 - 2009
    • Education
      York University, B.Sc.


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys

Konrad has published numerous articles and speaks regularly on IP protection in biotechnology.

  • Chapter 2, "Patent Law," in Life Sciences Law in Canada, 2015, co-authored with J. Wilkie; A. Blanchard and J. Steinberg, eds, Thompson Pub.
  • "Developing issues in obtaining patent protection for plant based vaccines and natural products" presented at the Plant Based Vaccines, Antibodies, Biologics Conference, June 8-10, 2015 Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • "Patent protection for genes and natural products" presented at Hot Topics in Life Sciences workshop May 6th, 2015, Vancouver, BC.
  • Webinar on patent drafting, presented at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, March 30, 2015
  • "Promise of the patent," presented at the CILS Conference on International Intellectual Property Law, co-chaired with David Aylen, Austria, Jan. 25-30, 2015
  • "Update on what is patentable in life sciences," presented at the BIO PacRim Summit, San Diego, Dec. 7-9, 2014
  • "Patent issues in personalized medicine in Canada and Europe," co-authored with Emma Macfarlane, International Journal of Law and Medicine 2014, pp. 245-263, 2014
  • Book chapter in: "International post-grant and related proceedings, Section VIII: Canada," co-authored with John Norman and Connie Too, in "Patent Office Litigation," Thomson Reuters
  • "Personalized medicine: patent issues in Canada and Europe," co-authored with Emma Macfarlane, Life Sciences and Law 2014-2015
  • Chair of IPIC Patent Agent Tutorials, tutor for patent drafting module, Gatineau, Que., February 24-25, 2014
  • "Patent update in the life science sector," presented at the Center for International Legal Studies, Austria, Jan. 31, 2014
  • "What is patentable in the biotech sector?", presented at the BIO PacRim Summit, San Diego, Dec. 8-11, 2013
  • "Protecting personalized medicine: patents, enforcement and data protection," co-presented with C. Van Barr, Canadian Consulate Japan, Tokyo, Dec. 4, 2013, and Osaka, Tokyo, Dec. 6, 2013
  • "Too much? Too little? Just right? Increased scrutiny of the description and the goldilocks syndrome," presented at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada AGM, Sept. 26, 2013
  • "Current issues on patent protection - a comparative overview of issues pertaining to plant related protection considering the U.S., Europe and Canada," presented at the Plant Based Vaccines, Antibodies, Biologics Conference, Verona, Italy, June 5-7, 2013
  • "Not all first to file systems are the same," co-authored with Clare Salisbury, Life Sciences and Law 2013-2014
  • Chair of IPIC Patent Agent Tutorials and tutor for patent drafting module, Gatineau, Que., March 4-5, 2013
  • CILS Conference on International Intellectual Property Law, co-chaired with David Aylen, Austria, Jan.27-Feb. 1, 2013; presented paper: "Not all first to file systems are the same"
  • "Methods of medical treatment claims in Canada, Europe and the U.S.," co-presented webinar with Scott Foster, Nov. 29, 2012
  • "Intellectual property - an international view," University of British Columbia, March 14, 2012
  • Chair of IPIC Patent Agent Tutorials and tutor for Patent Drafting module, Gatineau, Que., Feb. 27-28, 2012
  • "Developments in Canadian life science patent law," Conference on International Law, Center for International Legal Studies, Denver Colo., Feb. 13-17, 2012
  • "IP strategies for life science companies," co-presented with Sean Alexander, Gowlings Life Science webinar series, Nov. 28, 2011
  • "Identifying and protecting intellectual property/pursuing partnerships with the private sector," Edmonton, Alta., Innovates Health Solutions, Oct. 13, 2011
  • "Patent drafting and prior art," Toronto, tutor in FICPI patent claim drafting work shop, Oct. 1-2, 2011
  • "America invents act," Vancouver, University of British Columbia, University Industry Liaison Office, Sept.29, 2011
  • "Global markets and foreign IP laws - IP issues for life sciences companies," co-presented with Sean Alexander at the Vancouver Licensing Executive Society, May 25, 2011
  • "Patent protection in biofuels and bioenergy," in Life Sciences & Law, 2011/12
  • "Methods of medical treatment and dosage claims," co-authored with Gloria Hsi and Alaka Chatterjee, Life Sciences & Law, 2011/12
  • "Intellectual property," Student Biotechnology Network, Venture Ready Program, Vancouver, May 24, 2011
  • "Getting the IP strategy that is right for you," co-authored with Jane Clark, John Norman, Mary Thomson and Jennifer Wilkie, Insights Magazine, BIOTECanada, Spring 2011
  • "Patent protection in bioenergy and biofuels, a global view," BIO - World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, Toronto, May 8-11, 2011
  • "Patent drafting," Gatineau, Que., Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Patent Agent Training Tutorials, Feb. 28 - March 1, 2011; Chair of 2011 Patent Agent Tutorials
  • "Emerging challenges for obtaining patent protection in the life sciences," Salzburg, Austria, Centre for International Legal Studies, Feb. 2, 2011
  • "IP: What's in it for you," Canadian Intellectual Property Office Bank of Speakers Workshop, Bow Valley College, Calgary, Jan.26, 2011