Vincent Kam-Sun Yip* is a partner in the Business Law Group and the national Intellectual Property Group. Based in Vancouver, he leads the firm’s Western Canadian intellectual property practice and has a national practice, working closely with clients of the Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal offices.
Vincent’s practice focuses on the global acquisition, commercialization, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, managing trademark oppositions, rendering patentability, validity, freedom-to-operate, and infringement opinions, and resolving intellectual property rights disputes. Vincent provides clients with strategic and practical advice in the management of global patent, trademark, and industrial design portfolios.
As a patent and trademark lawyer with substantial corporate and commercial expertise, Vincent provides intellectual property advice on complex corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and financing transactions.
Recent experience includes providing intellectual property advice on the following transactions:
- Acquisition of BGIS by CCMP Capital Advisors for approximately US1B
- Acquisition of McCloskey International by Metso Corporation for C$420M
- US$908 million debt financing of Dentalcorp Health Services ULC
- Nestlé’s global license deal with Starbucks
- Strategic partnership between Genesis Advanced Technology and Koch Industries
- Acquisition of TetraGenx by Tropichem Research Labs, LLC.
Vincent regularly advises life sciences and pharmaceutical companies on complex licensing and collaboration arrangements. Vincent also has significant experience providing intellectual property advice to companies in the cannabis sector. Vincent’s client base further includes companies in the oil-and-gas, energy, transportation, retail, healthcare, hospitality, gaming, and technology sectors.
Vincent is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics for organizations such as the Canadian Bar Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Vincent is listed as a leading lawyer in the areas of Patent: Transactions and Patent: Prosecution in IAM Patent 1000, leading lawyer in Trademark Prosecution and Strategy in World Trademark Review 1000, notable practitioner in Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars, a leading lawyer in Lexpert Special Edition – Technology and Lexpert Special Edition – Health Sciences, and a leading lawyer in the area of Computer & IT Law and Intellectual Property in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Vincent is the chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Intellectual Property Section. Vincent obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and his LLB from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the British Columbia bar. Vincent is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, and an affiliate member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
*denotes law corporation
Managing IP Americas Awards 2022
Practitioner of the Year (Transactions) - Canada
The Legal 500 Canada
Next Generation Partner: Intellectual Property
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Leading Lawyer: Computer & IT Law, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences & Health
Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Global Leaders
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000
Leading Lawyer: Patent Prosecution; and Transactions
Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars
World Trademark Review
Leading Lawyer: Prosecution and Strategy; and Transactions