Peter Elyjiw

Peter Elyjiw

PartnerChumak & Company LLPIntellectual Property and Technology

Peter is a lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent based in Toronto. Prior to co-founding Chumak & Company LLP, Peter obtained over 14 years of experience in intellectual property law from a leading national boutique intellectual property law firm.

Peter’s practice is primarily focused on high-technology and mechanical patent drafting, prosecution and portfolio management. He has worked with a wide range of technologies.

Peter has extensive experience with guiding patent applications through to issuance before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, including applications that have been objected to for purportedly being directed to business methods. He is also intimately familiar with the U.S. patent system and with managing the global prosecution of patent portfolios across multiple jurisdictions including Europe.

Patent applicants seek out Peter for his attention to detail and his sensitivity to the bottom line.

Peter is a lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent based in Toronto. Prior to co-founding Chumak & Company LLP, Peter obtained over 14 years of experience in intellectual property law from a leading national boutique intellectual property law firm.

Peter’s practice is primarily focused on high-technology and mechanical patent drafting, prosecution and portfolio management. He has worked with a wide range of technologies, including blockchain technology, industrial machinery, medical imaging systems, peer-to-peer networking and video processing.

Peter has extensive experience with guiding patent applications through to issuance before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, including applications that have been objected to for purportedly being directed to business methods. He is also intimately familiar with the U.S. patent system and with managing the global prosecution of patent portfolios across multiple jurisdictions including Europe.

Patent applicants seek out Peter for his attention to detail and his sensitivity to the bottom line.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Peter worked in industry as a software engineer for approximately 5 years. As a result, he has a rapport with engineers and inventors that fosters a deep understanding of their technology, which in turn promotes the acquisition of strong patents.

Peter also provides patentability, validity and infringement opinions and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Peter is also a registered Canadian trademark agent.

IP Prosecution & Strategy

Peter prepares and prosecutes intellectual property applications relating to many technical fields.

He assists clients with managing the global prosecution of patent applications.

Peter also provides patentability, validity and infringement opinions and freedom-to-operate opinions

Education

University of Toronto, J.D., 1999

Syracuse University, M.Sc., Computer Engineering, 1993

Rochester Institute of Technology, B.Sc. (Hons.) Computer Engineering, 1991

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2001

Experience

  • Advising startup businesses regarding patent strategy in areas pertaining to:
    • blockchain technology;
    • medical imaging systems;
    • smartphone-based software applications; and
    • artificial intelligence.
  • Drafting originating patent applications for high-tech and mechanical subject matter including the areas listed above.
  • Advising established industrial machinery company with revenues > $1B regarding patent infringement risks of proposed launch of new manufacturing equipment.

Associations

  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Registered Canadian and US Patent Agent
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent

Awards

While attending law school at the University of Toronto, Peter won the Bereskin & Parr Prize for having the highest standing in courses concerned with intellectual property.