Anne Flanagan, Patents and Technology Strategy:

Anne’s practice is primarily biomedical, biotech and chemical. Her strong science background and extensive patenting experience have allowed her to attract sophisticated clients needing assistance in everything from R and D strategy, patent strategy, and infringement and freedom to operate opinions, to patent drafting, filing and prosecution.

Anne holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and was a Professor of Biotechnology for 13 years before entering the patenting profession over ten years ago. During that time she was also a consultant in the nutraceutical and forestry industries.

Prior to starting her own practice, Anne was an associate of a prominent Canadian law firm with an extensive patent practice and of a west coast firm specializing in Intellectual Property. In addition, Anne has acted as Patents Manager for a number of advanced technology companies and for the University of Victoria's Innovation and Development Corporation, an organization responsible for managing Intellectual Property and technology transfer matters at the University.

Through various senior level positions in the private sector, Anne has accumulated a unique combination of patenting and business experience. She held the role of Director of Research and Development for a local high tech company. In that capacity, she oversaw the research programme, managed the patent portfolio and assisted in business planning and development. Anne was also Managing Director of a Vancouver Island-based alternative energy company, where she was involved in all aspects of small business development including securing government grants and investor funding, preparing business plans, managing personnel, developing and running a research programme and patenting.

Anne is dedicated to assisting small and large businesses in developing and protecting their technology. Anne is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a mentor for VIATeC; a Research and Development/Technology Strategy Consultant for Business Development Bank of Canada, past sponsor of the Vancouver Island Inventors’ Club; and is a Director of the newly formed Island Innovation, Technology and Enterprise Centre (i2TEC).

Anne is an avid cyclist and competes in both road and mountain bike races. In addition, she runs, downhill skis, cross country skis, kayaks and raises her three children, who are also active in sports.