Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Sally Hemming

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Sally Hemming

  • Smart & Biggar LP
Language(s): English

Experienced patent agent protects biotech and pharma innovations

An accomplished biochemist with a Ph.D in biochemistry prior to transitioning to patent law, Sally has extensive technical expertise and more than 15 years of experience securing patent protection in the fields of biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Sally drafts and prosecutes patent applications in Canada, the United States and internationally. She also directs prosecution in jurisdictions including Europe, China, Japan and Australia, and has provided technical assistance in pharmaceutical litigation matters.

Patentees benefit from extensive background in biochemistry and law

Sally combines her biochemistry experience with a deep understanding of patent law to draft applications relating to a wide range of biochemical and chemical technologies including polymers, biomaterials, food formulations, nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals, industrial chemical processes, agrochemicals, oil, gas and petrochemicals, medical devices, electrochemical and electrobiochemical devices, as well as therapeutic methods such as protein and nucleic acid-based technologies.

Sally has partnered with a diverse range of clients in Canada and around the globe including government research agencies, universities and research institutes, and chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.


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  • Speaking
  • "Patenting Life-forms," University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, May 2009
  • Presentation on technical writing of patent applications, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, March 2009
  • Presentation on intellectual property law, University of Western Ontario Career Fair, London, ON, March 2007
  • Seminar on Intellectual Property Law/Patent Law hosted by Laurentian University (co-presenter: Brian P. Isaac), Sudbury City Hall, Sudbury, ON, September 2006
  • "Women in Academia and Industry" (roundtable), University of Toronto School of Pharmacy, Toronto, May 2006
  • "Tool Time," University of Toronto Centre for Innovation, Toronto, May 2006
  • "Intellectual Property Law: What to Know, What to Ask and What Not to Say," University of Toronto: Toronto Undergraduate Biotechnology Symposium, Toronto, February 2005
  • "Wise Women of Influence" (panel discussion), University of Toronto, Toronto, September 2005
  • Presentation on careers in intellectual property law, University of Toronto Bioengineering Club, Toronto, September 2004
  • "Careers for the Life Sciences in Law," University of Toronto, Toronto, April 2004
  • "From DNA to Cells to Mice: Crafting Claims to Patentable Subject Matter," University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, February 2004