Jean-Charles secures patent and industrial design protection for various technologies, including high tech, mechanical, and consumer products. He advises local innovators and multinational companies on building and managing portfolios. Fluent in English and French, he practises in both official languages.
Educated at the University of Ottawa, Jean-Charles obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and a law degree in 2005. He subsequently was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He is a registered Canadian patent agent, and is registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of Canadian clients.
Prior to joining Marks & Clerk, Jean-Charles spent a year in Germany studying electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He worked as an intern at a financing and commercialization facility of the University of Ottawa. He then practised for several years in patent prosecution and intellectual property (IP) litigation at a large IP law firm.
Jean-Charles serves as Chair of the Patent Committee and sits on the Industrial Design Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and sits on the Canadian Standing Committee on Patents, and Committee on Copyright/Industrial Design. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); the Law Society of Ontario; and the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).
Jean-Charles has been recognized for patents in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides - Rising Stars, 2020-2021 editions and in IAM Patent 1000, 2020-2021 editions.