Experience

As a Ph.D. scientist, patent agent and patent lawyer, Sue is able to leverage her scientific and legal knowledge to support clients in obtaining protection for, and enforcing, their patent rights. With expertise in many diverse areas of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Sue drafts and/or prosecutes patents in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical and chemical arenas, in addition to oil and gas extraction and processing, and various mechanical technologies. Sue has prepared numerous infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions for clients in a variety of technology areas, and particularly for pharmaceutical clients.

Prior to pursuing legal studies, Sue obtained a B.Sc. in biochemistry, minoring in biomedical sciences, and completed a Ph.D. in the fields of insect biochemistry and molecular biology, and drug resistance. After her Ph.D., Sue managed a laboratory at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Salt Lake City, where she also did bench work in the area of immunology, followed by scientific research at the University of Calgary in a transgenic mouse laboratory. Throughout her studies, Sue has received numerous awards for academic excellence.

Sue works in the Calgary office of Parlee McLaws.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Community

Sue is a member of the Patent Practice Committee and the Patent Agent Training Course Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Sue also guest lectures in the Medical and Engineering faculties at the University of Calgary.