Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Key Details

Daphne Lainson
Smart & Biggar

  • Chemical
  • Chemicals
  • Patent
  • Patents


Daphne Lainson is a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh and leader of the firm’s life sciences practice. She specialises in securing patent protection for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related inventions and her particular area of expertise is life cycle management. She is regularly called upon to provide advice on pharmaceutical regulatory law to innovators and development stage pharmaceutical companies. Lainson also advises pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies on matters relating to data protection, supplementary protection, patent linkage issues and market access issues. She is an AIPLA fellow, and currently serves as the chair of the AIPLA food and drug law committee.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Immediate past co-chair of the Japan Practice Committee; past Chair of the Mentoring Committee; past Chair of the Women in Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Member, Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • Member, The Women's Business Network of Ottawa
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association; member of the Patent Committee

Academic Affiliations

  • “Patent Listing and Data Protection: A Primer for Regulatory Affairs Professionals,” (speaker), CAPRA Dinner Meeting, Dorval, QC, January 2016
  • “Biosimilars are Off and Running: A Litigation and Regulatory Update” (moderator), AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2015
  • "Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEBs) – Canada," AIPLA Mid-Winter meeting , Las Vegas, NV, January 2012; AIPLA webinar, March 2012
  • "Making contributions visible," 3rd Annual Women in Law conference, Calgary, AB, October 2009
  • "Partnerships: Policy and Research at the Crossroads: University-Industry Research Collaborations," 58th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Ottawa, October 2008