Selena Kim Partner Lawyer and Patent Agent

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2002 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4681

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Selena Kim

Selena Kim is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the areas of intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, transactional intellectual property work, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management. Her practice touches on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, designs, copyright, and trademarks.

Selena has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright), and is the first woman to have achieved this designation for patents in the Law Society's history. Selena's litigation experience includes work before all levels of court in Canada, involving patents for complex mechanical, electronic and chemical inventions. Most recently, she achieved a significant win and a permanent injunction for a patentee at trial involving a patented manufacturing procedure for polymer pipes.

Selena provides strategic advice to clients on all aspects of their intellectual property portfolios, including infringement and validity assessments, and freedom to operate opinions. She also conducts patent and design agency work before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Selena has a technical background, having completed a graduate degree in molecular biology, and conducted laboratory research in genetics, gene expression, and pharmacology.

Selena is an active member of several professional associations, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the American Bar Association, and is a contributing member of several committees reviewing patent legislation and legal developments. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property, published by the Federated Press. Since 2012, Selena has served as a chair of GROW, Gowling WLG's women's networking and professional development group.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December 2015
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      Who's Who Legal: Patents 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Career
      June 2014
      Law Society of Upper Canada - Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Patents, Trademarks, Copyright)
  • 2004

    • Career
      Registered U.S. Patent Agent
  • 2003

    • Career
      Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • 2002

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
    • Education
      McMaster University, B.Sc. Hons. (with Distinction)
    • Education
      University of Victoria, LLB
    • Education
      York University, M.Sc. in Molecular Biology


  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Dimplex North America Ltd. in a trial and appeal, Federal Court files T-1348-01 and A-269-06 involving allegations of infringement of patented electric fireplace technology.

EIE Maskin AB, a Swedish manufacturer of equipment for the pulp and paper industry, in Federal Court file T-1485-08, in a lawsuit involving allegations of infringement of a patent for device for cleaning smelt boilers.

Hoffmann-La Roche in a judicial review application, Federal Court file T-771-05, brought against Health Canada in respect of the interpretation and application of Federal Access to Information Act.

Ino Products Inc., a Canadian innovative consumer products company, in Federal Court files T-872-06 and T-753-08 involving allegations of infringement of patents for folding tables.

Nike Inc., in Federal Court file T-778-01, in an action involving allegations that various models of shoes manufactured by Nike infringed several registered Canadian trade-marks.

Pason Systems Corp., a Canadian oilfield services company, in a judicial review application, Federal Court file T-1845-05, involving patent amendments in the course of litigation before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Philips & Temro Industries Ltd., a U.S. based automotive parts maufacturer, in Federal Court fil T-1690-10, involving mechanical patent infringement and validity issues.

Probiohealth LLC, a nutritional products company based in California, in a series of judicial review applications and appeals, Federal Court files T-64-10, T-1948-09, T-1417-11, T-1748-11, involving patent ownership issues before the Canadian Intellectual Property office.

Pyungil Co. Ltd, a Korean manufacturer and distributor of equipment for power lines, in Federal Court file T-2066-07, involving allegations of patent infringement.

Uponor AB, a manufacturer and distributor of residential and commerical heating, cooling, and plumbing materials, in Federal Court file T-496-11, involving chemical patent infringement and validity issues.