Joanne Chriqui

Joanne Chriqui

Principal, Lawyer


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Tel. Montréal: 514-987-8822
Languages: English, French

Joanne Chriqui is an attorney with over 27 years of experience in intellectual property law. Specializing in litigation, she has pleaded before the federal and Québec courts, both at trial and on appeal. She regularly leads complex cross-border lawsuits involving multiple jurisdictions. Over the course of her career, Joanne has represented major clients and has developed extensive expertise in the medical device, technology, mechanical, pharmaceutical and computer fields, both locally and internationally.

Her expertise covers litigation in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, industrial designs, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. She also advises clients on the acquisition, management, exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights. Her opinion is frequently sought in the areas of patent infringement or validity and freedom to operate or manufacture.


  • Several patent infringement and impeachment lawsuits, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal (medical devices).
  • A patent infringement and impeachment lawsuit (commercial practice aimed at preventing vehicle theft through a computer system).
  • Several patent, trademark and industrial design litigations (sports equipment).
  • Several impeachment actions concerning trademarks (nutritional supplements, legal services).
  • Several copyright and contract disputes (software development, removable walls).
  • Several actions for damages or calculation of profits following findings of patent infringement and validity.
  • A patent infringement case, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal (helicopter landing gear);
  • Several pharmaceutical patent infringement and impeachment actions, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal (antihypertensive, vaccine).
  • Trademark Agent, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (1999)
  • Member of the Québec Bar (1996)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.), McGill University (1995)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com) , Major Information Systems, McGill University (1991)
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • The Lord Reading Law Society
  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2020 - 2024: Enforcement and Litigation
  • LEXPERT Special Edition 2023: Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2024 – Canada : Intellectual Property Law
  • Best Lawyers 2024 – Canada: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Pratice
  • World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) 2023 : Inclusion in WIPR Leader Directory
  • LEXPERT Special Edition 2023: Technology and Health Sciences
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 : Recommended in Litigation - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property
  • IP Stars 2017-2023: Patent Star - Canada
  • IP Stars 2017-2023: Trade-mark Star - Canada
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021-2023: Consistently Recommended in Intellectual Property
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021-2023: Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation: Intellectual Property
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023: Repeatedly Recommended in Life Sciences & Health
  • LEXPERT Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences
  • World Intellectual Property Review 2023: Inclusion in WIPR Leader Directory
  • LEXPERT Special Edition 2021-2022: Technology
  • LEXPERT Special Edition 2021-2022: Life Sciences
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Life Sciences
  • Mechanical
  • Banking
  • Software and IT
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Business Law
    • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets
    • Franchising
    • Management and Commercialization of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Copyright - Counsel
    • Drafting, revision and negotiation of contracts
    • Opinions and protection strategies
    • Research and development contracts
    • Copyright Contracts and Negotiations
    • Protection Strategies for Copyright
    • Licenses and Assignments
  • Industrial Design - counsel
  • Litigation
    • Information Technology Litigation
    • Patents and Industrial Design Litigation
    • Trademarks Litigation
    • Copyright Litigation
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Prevention and Resolution of Disputes and Conflicts
  • Patents - Counsel
    • Litigation
    • Validity, Infringement, Freedom to Operate and Patentability Opinions
  • Trademarks
    • Trademark Contracts and Negotiations
    • Protection Strategies for Trademarks and Trade names
  • « Naviguer à travers les complexités de la législation relativement aux sûretés sur la propriété intellectuelle », Financement & Sûretés (8e édition), Institut Canadien, janvier 2011.
  • « Whose Device Is It Anyway? », MEDEC, octobre 2014.
  • « Do You Own Your Most Important Assets »
  • « IP Audit »
  • « IP Basics for Litigators et Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in the Federal Court. »