Jeff Coles is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office and a registered Canadian and United States patent agent. He is a lawyer who holds an advanced degree in medical sciences. He has been assisting clients with securing patent protection for their innovations for over a decade.
Jeff specializes in intellectual property matters involving innovation-intensive industries such as life sciences (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology generally), agrotechnology, cleantech, oil and gas, environmental technologies and energy.
His practice involves patent drafting and prosecution, including providing business-focused strategic advice on intellectual property (IP) portfolio and risk management, including in the context of commercialization and IP transactions. He has assisted companies in a variety of industries by coordinating intellectual property, regulatory and commercial strategies.
With client activities spanning the globe, Jeff has acted on behalf of a comprehensive range of clients, including entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage ventures, universities, government organizations, SMEs and multinational corporations.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Jeff worked at a Canadian law firm that focused exclusively on IP and tech law. As well, Jeff obtained significant research experience through his post-graduate studies at the University of Alberta and his work at the Chemical Biological Defence Section of the Canadian Department of National Defence. His research has been published in the Journal of Biochemistry, Viral Immunology and Neoplasia.
Jeff has been recognized in LMG Rising Stars as a 'Rising Star' in Life Sciences since 2015.