Andrew Currier

PartnerPerry + Currier Inc.Intellectual Property & Technology

Andrew Currier is a recognised leader in the Canadian IP field. Mr. Currier practises as a patent and trademark agent through the firm of Perry + Currier Inc. and as a lawyer through Currier + Kao LLP. Mr. Currier's practice involves every aspect of IP prosecution and law, including counselling, strategic advice, invention and innovation mining, drafting and prosecution of patents, infringement and validity matters, freedom to operate, dispute resolution, licensing and commercial transactions involving IP and patent portfolios, enforcement and monetisation. Mr. Currier has particular expertise in identifying valuable intellectual property in the area of telecommunications, software, financial services, and new digital technologies and drafting strong, defensible patent protection.

Andrew is a recognized leader in intellectual property, combining experience in industry, law and academia before co-founding PCK. Andrew’s industry experience includes General Counsel for a publicly-traded flat-panel display company, IP counsel for a Silicon Valley start-up, and engineer for the automotive industry. In law, Andrew practised for several years with three of Canada’s national firms. In academia, Andrew held a teaching appointment as Adjunct Professor at Western University in London Ontario, teaching patent law from 2000-2007. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, he is also co-author (with Stephen Perry) of Canadian Patent Law (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014), the first text on Canadian patent law by practitioners in over thirty years.

Andrew combines the traditions of professional excellence with modern business savvy. As co-founder of PCK, Andrew spearheaded several innovations in professional practice management, notably PCK’s paperless practice which includes state-of-the-art electronic workflow and billing engines, a subject on which Andrew speaks regularly. This work has placed PCK on the forefront in the use of advanced software to efficiently deliver tier-1 professional services using transparent, "CFO-friendly" cost management tools that focus on client value rather than opaque billable-hours.
Andrew’s breadth is expressed through his practice, as he counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including strategy, invention mining, branding, portfolio management, commercialization, litigation and dispute resolution, built on a core foundation of excellence in originating patent and trademark preparation, filing and prosecution. His clients span the range of start-ups to large enterprises, and he takes pride in bringing his skills to the corporate journey all the way from founding to scaling and maturity.

In academia, Andrew presently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor teaching patent law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He also held this appointment at Western University, London, Ontario from 2000 to 2007. He has also acted as a referee for the UBC Law Review Society.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1996

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1998

Accreditations

  • Registered Patent Agent, United States, 2000
  • Registered Trade-mark Agent, Canada, 2000
  • Registered Patent Agent, Canada, 1999
  • Professional Engineer, Ontario, 1997

Experience

  • Method and apparatus for synchronizing of databases, US Patent 8356008, Research in Motion Limited
  • Camera with multiple viewfinders, US Patent 8154625, Research in Motion Limited
  • Hybrid high pressure mercury arc lamp-laser light production system, US Patent 8545029, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
  • Distributed hardware architecture for unmanned vehicles, US Patent 8548646, Clearpath Robotics Inc.
  • Keyboard for minimizing non-productive hand movements, US Patent 7311455, Matias Corporation

Associations

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)

Awards & Honours

  • General Motors of Canada, 5 year Tuition Scholarship, Kettering University
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Law School Entrance Scholarship, University of Western Ontario.