Dr. Karen Durell

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Miller Thomson LLP

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Karen Durell practices intellectual property ("IP") law. She advises technology companies with respect to their unique issues relating to IP procurement as well as intellectual asset management. Her practice focuses upon the development of tailored legal strategies for public and private innovators. In doing so, Dr. Durell draws on her background in technology and law.


As a registered patent agent, Dr. Durell is involved in drafting and prosecuting original patents, with particular focus in the areas of software, information technology and mechanical innovation. She additionally advises national and international groups on issues of technology and IP law, acting to address IP law development and inform policy-decisions.


Dr. Durell is experienced in assisting companies with a wide-range of technology related agreements, as well as general corporate matters. She has been involved in corporate transactions ranging from public offerings to corporate maintenance as well as aspects of IP transactions including, the preparation of licenses, joint innovation agreements, and technology transfer deals. She also has expertise in managing IP audits and conducting IP due diligence.


Presently Dr. Durell is active in initiatives to maximize the impact of university-based research and innovation. She works closely with national centres for excellence on a number of different ventures that involve national and international public-sector partners.


Dr. Durell is involved in speaking on various IP issues. She has delivered presentations and seminars on IP, ethics and intellectual asset management to a variety of audiences including academics, students, policy-makers, government, scientists and public forums. Dr. Durell is widely published on topics of IP, IP transactions, intellectual asset management and patent law specifically. She has also taught and tutored courses in IP and ethics at the Faculties of Law and Medicine at McGill University and the Faculté de droit, Université de Sherbrooke.


Dr. Durell has been awarded a doctoral degree (DCL) by the Faculty of Law, McGill University. Her thesis examines the intersection of contract legal principles and IP assets in IP transactions.


Professional Achievements: 

  • Registered Patent Agent, Canada, 2004
  • Registered Trade-mark Agent, Canada, 2009
  • Registered Trademark Agent, U.S., 2010

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