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Counsel, Patent Agent

Jean-Sébastien Brière



25th Floor
1100 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5C9
514 397-8500 514 397-8515

Jean-Sébastien Brière acts as legal counsel and advisory patent agent to our Intellectual Property group. The core of his practice is keeping the group and our clients current about developments in Canadian, American and European law, primarily with respect ot patents. He also advises on complex litigation matters and commercial transactions involving intellectual property assets.

Jean-Sébastien has acquired sound experience with respect to intellectual property, having worked with the IP law practice groups of three national firms over the last 16 years. He also worked for the technology transfer office of a Quebec university that is very active in this field.

In addition to his activities with the firm, Jean-Sébastien teaches intellectual property law at the Universities of Sherbrooke and Montreal. He also provides training and guidance to business start-ups at the Accélérateur de création d’entreprises technologiques, a business accelerator affiliated with the University of Sherbrooke.

Jean-Sébastien is currently writing a Ph.D. thesis on a comparative approach to patent claims drafting and interpretation rules according to Canadian, American and European law, under the direction of Professor Frédéric Pollaud-Dulian, at Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

  • Ph.D., Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (in progress)
  • Specialized graduate diploma in North American common law, Université de Montréal (2002)
  • Quebec Bar (1999)
  • LL.B., Université Laval (1998)
  • L’Encadrement international de la propriété industrielle – Parties I et II

    in Les cahiers de propriété intellectuelle (Vol. 15 No. 3 and Vol. 16, No. 1), Cowansville, Éd. Yvon Blais, 2003, pp. 735 to 804 and pp. 15 to 59

  • Importations parallèles : quand les marchés gris nous en font voir de toutes les couleurs!

    in Développements récents en droit de la propriété intellectuelle (Vol. 177), Cowansville, Éd. Yvon Blais, 2002, pp. 121 to 214

  • L’année 2014 en quelques décisions portant sur des brevets non pharmaceutiques

    in Les cahiers de propriété intellectuelle (May 2015, Vol. 27 No. 2), Cowansville, Éd. Yvon Blais, 2015

  • Les outils à la portée du plaideur pour favoriser un meilleur accès à la justice en matière de propriété intellectuelle

    in Développements récents en droit de la propriété intellectuelle (Vol. 406), Cowansville, Éd. Yvon Blais, 2015, pp. 367 to 439


    Numerous presentations (45 min. to 2 hours) to groups of 15 to 100 participants. These include: the Paris I Intellectual and Artistic Property Master’s II students, conferences organized by organizations such as MSBi, The Canadian Institute, McGill University, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (Vancouver 2005 Annual Convention), the École Polytechnique de Montréal, the Metropolitan Quebec Technological Park, the University of Montreal School of Design, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal – World Trade Centre, and the Quebec Bar (Recent Developments in IP law)

  • Member of the Barreau du Québec
  • A director of RevDec, a not-for-profit organization that works with youth who have dropped out of school or are at risk of doing so