PhD , 2012
Mike Damiani completed his BSc and PhD at Simon Fraser University. For his PhD thesis, completed in 2012 under the mentorship of the late Dr. Melanie O’Neill and Dr. B. Mario Pinto, Mike explored the mechanism under which Photolyases and Cryptochromes tune their semiquinone stability and reactivity, and correlated these properties with function. While completing his research, Mike also attended law school at the University of Alberta. Following graduation from law school and defence of his thesis, Mike was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013 and passed the Patent Agent exams in 2015.
Currently, Mike utilizes his science background working as a lawyer and patent agent in the Intellectual Property Group at Borden Ladner Gervais. His work involves advising on patent protection, including (1) Drafting and prosecuting patent applications in fields related to biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, medical devices, chemistry, and oil and gas; (2) Advising on patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues; (3) Advising on international patent strategies and portfolio management; (4) Negotiating patent licensing agreements; and (5) Assisting technology Start-up companies with their legal structures to help them grow.
-Written by the Faculty of Science
Published in April 2016