Melanie Baird


Melanie* isn't one to back down from, well, anything. She conquers complex problems across the broad spectrum of her litigation practice, devising strategic options, navigating cross-border issues and interpreting complicated scientific, technical or financial concepts in the process. By leveraging her diverse experience, she thrives§ when advocating for clients in intellectual property, insurance, class actions, professional liability and technology disputes. Melanie takes on cutting-edge matters, such as acting as counsel in the first biologic and the first biosimilar drug patent cases in Canada. Whatever the context, Melanie thrives on challenges and achieves excellent results for her clients at all levels of court, as well as in private arbitration and mediations. Melanie excels at understanding the big picture and applying innovative, out-of-the box thinking to advocate or negotiate sophisticated commercial resolutions. .



Melanie Baird

is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.

Melanie’s diverse commercial litigation practice encompasses intellectual property, insurance, professional liability, class actions, product liability, securities and technology. Melanie has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts as well as acting as counsel in mediations and private arbitrations.

Melanie’s intellectual property practice includes patent and Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) proceedings, as well as trademark and copyright matters. Melanie acted as counsel in the first biologic and the first biosimilar drug patent cases in Canada. Melanie has worked extensively with pharmaceutical companies on patent, civil and commercial cases and is intimately familiar with the industry and the business of pharma companies. She is a registered trade-mark agent in Canada.

Melanie leverages her diverse experience in a wide range of commercial litigation fields to provide unique insight and bring strategic depth to her insurance practice. In particular, Melanie specializes in litigating on behalf of insured professional firms in complicated negligence matters, including negotiating and structuring sophisticated resolutions.

Melanie also has experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions involving technology or other significant intellectual property assets, IP and IT licensing and corporate governance with a focus on technology companies. She previously completed a secondment to the enforcement branch of the Ontario Securities Commission and a secondment with the legal marketing and trade-mark departments of Research in Motion Limited (RIM).

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  • The Advocates' Society

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association - Canada Practice Group, Software Related Inventions Committee

  • Want an Enforceable Industrial Design? Make it Smart AND Sexy

    In industrial design, it pays to have it all. In a recent decision, the Federal Court of Appeal held that while a purely functional design does not attract protection (as per section 5.1(a) of the Industrial Design Act), an industrial design that has a functional aspect can still be enforced if the design is also visually appealing.

    Melanie Baird | June 3, 2015

  • Benchmark Litigation (2017-2018)

    Under 40 Hotlist

  • Benchmark Canada (2018)

    Future Star

  • IAM Patent 1000 (2018)

    Patent Litigation: Recommended Individual (Bronze)

  • LMG Life Sciences Awards (2017)

    Canadian Rising Star

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2018)

    Intellectual Property (Recommended Lawyer)

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