Dr. Suzanne B.

Dr. Suzanne B. Sjovold

practice focus
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Industrial Design
  • Copyright
  • Strategic Intellectual Property Services
  • Licensing & Transactional Services
  • International Services
  • Juris Doctor, University of Alberta (2006)
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Neuroscience, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, University of Alberta (1999)
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent
professional association & current involvement
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Member

Suzanne combines her technical background in Neuroscience with over 10 years of intellectual property (IP) legal experience to effectively develop and manage her clients’ IP assets. As a registered patent and trademark agent, Suzanne’s practice is focused on clients in the life sciences space, including those involved in novel medical devices, chemical compounds, biologics, and pharmaceuticals. Suzanne also assists clients with protecting mechanical devices, clean energy technologies, and new technologies in the oil and gas sector. Additionally, Suzanne provides clients with legal opinions on issues such as patentability, trademark registrability, freedom-to-operate, due diligence analysis, and IP portfolio management. Suzanne’s clients include a broad range of early stage and established companies, as well as post-secondary institutions.

Suzanne grew up in Lethbridge and attended the University of Lethbridge, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. After completing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, Suzanne attended law school at the U of A with an aim to practice intellectual property, bridging the gap between the scientific and legal spheres. Prior to joining North & Company, Suzanne was a partner at a regional law firm where she was the head of one of the largest intellectual property groups in Western Canada.

Suzanne feels very fortunate to be back in Southern Alberta surrounded by her extended family. When Suzanne’s not in the office, she spends every spare moment downhill skiing or mountain biking in Fernie with her husband Travis and their two daughters.