Robbie Nissen is the owner of Nissen Patent Law, and is a lawyer, registered patent agent, and registered trademark agent, with a B.Sc. in Honors Chemistry. His areas of practice include oil and gas technology, heavy industry, mechanical, software, process, nanotechnology, alternative energy, chemical cases, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. He also conducts IP litigation and was previously counsel in a Federal Court case that clarified the level of deference giving to findings of fact made by patent examiners. Robbie is the present co-chair of the Business, Law and Technology (BLT) Forum (a professional development group he co-created with other Edmonton professionals), is the past chair of the Intellectual Property North Section of the Canadian Bar Association, the past co-chair of the Edmonton Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and a business coach at the Regional Business Accelerator in Lloydminster. In his youth Robbie attended the University of Alberta on a full athletic scholarship for track and field and represented Canada in international competition. During university he was awarded the gold medal in Chemistry and distinction in Law. Robbie spends his free time enjoying the company of his two children.
Michael Man is a lawyer, patent agent trainee, and trademark agent trainee. Michael has a J.D. from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. in Biology, specialisation in Cell Biology and Genetics. In his youth, Michael obtained an A.R.C.T. Diploma in Violin Performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music. Michael enjoys playing basketball in his free time.
Sophie Taylor is a student-at-law, patent agent trainee, and trademark agent trainee. Sophie holds a B.Mus. in Performance from the University of Victoria, a J.D. (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta (UofA), and is currently completing her a B.Sc. in Mathematical Physics at the UofA. During her legal studies, Sophie received numerous awards, including course prizes in corporations, estate planning, and tax, and was on the Dean’s list from 2014-15. She was also the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Alberta Law Review and completed a course in International Financial Law and Regulation at the London School of Economics. Sophie has also won several awards in physics, including a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research award. Sophie is particularly interested in computational and condensed matter physics, and has performed research with the Tuszynski, Wolkow, and Marsiglio groups at the UofA department of physics and in the Caplan group in computational psychology. Sophie is a former member of the National Triathlon Centre and currently competes for the UofA Rowing Team. During her spare time, Sophie enjoys tinkering with bikes, escaping to the mountains, and spending time with her husband and portie.
We also employ additional technical and secretarial staff, and we periodically contract the services of other patent lawyers, registered patent agents, litigation specialists, and registered trademark agents.