Philippe M. Duquette Patent Agent Trainee


Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9435

Fax: +1 514-878-1450

Email: philippe.duquette@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Montréal

Secondary office:  Ottawa




Philippe M. Duquette

Philippe M. Duquette is a patent agent in training in the Intellectual Property Group of Gowling WLG’s Montréal office.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Philippe obtained a master’s degree in neuroscience and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. His master’s thesis focused on the role of a transcription cofactor in the development and function of the retina. He also participated in characterizing this cofactor’s role in metabolic and cardiovascular disease.

Philippe recently obtained his PhD in Neurosciences/Cell Biology at McGill University. During his time at McGill, he received a travel award to attend an advanced microscopy course at Cold Spring Harbor laboratories where he explored cutting-edge imaging technologies using state-of-the-art equipment in microscopy. Philippe also acted as president of his student association and worked for a leading biotechnology company focused on developing new technical tools for molecular biologists.

Throughout his PhD, Philippe was active in his community, volunteering his time to educate children and teenagers on the importance and relevance of science in their daily lives. His thesis focused on identifying new targets involved in wiring the brain to guide new therapeutic strategies in various pathologies of the nervous system. He identified a novel protease involved in axon guidance, calpain, which is also implicated in several neurological diseases. His scientific curiosity led him to participate in various research projects in cancer research and cardiovascular diseases. His technical expertise includes various biochemical, molecular and cell-based assays as well as several in vivo techniques.

After submitting his PhD thesis, Philippe completed an internship within the IP group of an international firm. He was able to participate in the prosecution of patents in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and cosmetic industry and also provided support for an international litigation case involving two of the most important pharmaceutical companies in terms of research and development.

He practises in French and English and is fluent in Spanish.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
       2019
      Patent Agent Trainee, Gowling WLG, Montreal
    • Career
       2019
      Patent Technical Advisor, boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property, Montreal
  • 2018

    • Career
       2018
      Internship in intellectual property, international law firm, Montreal
    • Education
       2018
      McGill University, PhD, Cell Biology
  • 2017

    • Rankings & Awards
       2017
      Viola McCarthy Studentship Award
  • 2016

    • Community
       2016
      Volunteer with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2016
      RI-MUHC Studentship Award
  • 2014

    • Community
       2014
      President of his student association at McGill University
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
       2013
      Doctoral Scholarship in Health Research
    • Community
       2013
      Volunteer with « Brain Awareness Montréal »
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
       2010
      University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship
    • Education
       2010
      University of Ottawa, MSc, Neuroscience
    • Community
       2010
      Volunteer with the 4th Canadian International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) School of Neuroscience, Ottawa
    • Rankings & Awards
       2010
      Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2009

    • Community
       2009
      Volunteer with « Let’s Talk Science », Ottawa/Montreal
  • 2008

    • Education
       2008
      University of Ottawa, BSc, Biochemistry, cum laude
  • 2007

    • Career
       2007
      Student/Researcher in Oncology and Neuroscience, Ottawa/Montreal

Representative Work

« L'Accord États-Unis-Mexique-Canada (AEUMCA) nivèle le terrain de jeu entre le Canada et l'Union européenne pour les médicaments biologiques », Mondaq, October 2018.

« Ce que votre portfolio de brevet doit savoir de l'accord États-Unis-Mexique-Canada (AEUMCA) », Mondaq, October 2018.

Selected articles in peer-reviewed journals:

Duquette P. M. and Lamarche-Vane N. «  The calcium-activated protease calpain regulates netrin-1 receptor deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC)-induced axon outgrowth in cortical neurons   », Journal of Neurochemistry., July 2019. jnc.14837 [Epub ahead of print].

Antoine-Bertrand J., Duquette P. M., Alchini R., Kennedy T. E. , Fournier A. E., Lamarche-Vane N., « p120RasGAP mediates netrin-1-induced cortical axon outgrowth and guidance », Journal of Biological Chemistry, February 2016, 291, 4589-4602.

Duquette P. M. and Lamarche-Vane N. « Rho GTPases in embryonic development», Small GTPases, October 2014, 5(2):8.

Duquette PM, Zhou X., Maclaren E. J., Lu J. J., Wallace V. A., Chen H-H., « Loss of LMO4 in the retina leads to reduction of GABAergic amacrine cells and functional deficits », PLoSONE., October 2010, 5, e13232.

Schock S. C., Xu J., Duquette P. M., Qin Z., Lewandowski A. J., Rai P. S., Thompson C. S., Seifert E. L., Harper M-E., Chen H-H., « Rescue of neurons from ischemic injury by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma requires a novel essential cofactor LMO4  », Journal of Neuroscience, November 2008, 47, 12433-44.