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Anthony de Fazekas

Head of Technology and Innovation - Canada, Partner, Patent Agent

Anthony de Fazekas

Toronto

T:+1 416.216.2452

Anthony de Fazekas is recognized as a go-to IP strategist, working with a broad range of IP -rich companies across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on FinTech and information technology including Artificial Intelligence (AI). He supports corporate innovation agendas of enterprises end-to-end; devising innovation protection processes, IP mining strategies, deploying technology to streamline IP development, leading IP brainstorming sessions, upgrading the various agreements and policies relevant to open innovation and digital transformation, and providing advice on patent pooling arrangements and participation in IP, blockchain and smart contract consortia.

Mr. de Fazekas has worked extensively in the innovation sector with many research institutions, large corporate innovators, clusters, startups and scaling technology companies.

He has a proven track record in helping drive the acceleration, and increased valuation, of technology scaleups. Anthony is lead outside counsel to many scale-ups: managing cross-disciplinary teams, systemizing legal offerings, and advising on a range of IP and commercial issues. He has a track record in formulating winning IP and IP monetization strategies, and contributing to successful exits fuelled by development of winning IP portfolios.

Anthony developed our firm's Scaleup Preparedness Program, which includes a series of modules on key legal/IP/regulatory topics that help scaleups accelerate their business globally, to remain agile while managing risks.

As the head of technology & innovation for Canada, he manages our firm's extensive, cross-practice technology & innovation industry group. He leads thought leadership initiatives in Canada, is part of our global, integrated technology & innovation team, and is responsible for continuous build out of our scaleup program including associated legal technology.

Anthony is a regular lecturer on IP- and innovation-related topics including for example the IP portion of the Rotman FinTech MBA elective course, IP commercialization for Osgoode Hall Law School. He speaks extensively about a range of topics including protecting value and managing risk in technology collaborations, legal and ethical implications of AI (especially from the point of adoption of AI by enterprises), data sharing and ownership arrangements in AI, and IP strategy and IP development programs for scaleups.

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  • Education

    LL.B., University of Ottawa, 1995
    LL.B., Dalhousie University, 1994

  • Admissions
    • Canada (patents) 2003
    • Ontario 1997
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014 - 2018: Intellectual Property Law
  • Memberships and activities
    • Advisor, MaRS Discovery District and Communitech
    • IP lead in our Innovation Law Clinic for Ontario start-ups
    • Recurring lecturer on IP commercialization and FinTech at Osgoode Hall Law School, IP Osgoode
    • Session lecturers for Rotman's MBA, FinTech course
    • Recurring lecturer on a range of topics: including IP commercialization at Osgoode Hall Law School, on a variety of IP and tech topics at MaRS, NextAI, Toronto Machine Learning Summit, and internal corporate innovation conferences for major corporations
    • IP and data sharing adviser to Scale.AI, intelligent supply chain supercluster, Montreal and Waterloo
  • Events

    Artificial Intelligence Summit

    On Thursday, September 20, 2018 Norton Rose Fulbright’s Vancouver office hosted its Artificial Intelligence summit, in partnership with the BC Tech Association..

    September 20, 2018

  • Videos

    Motion - Discussing what matters
    Superclusters – Episode 2, Part 1 of 2

    July 2018

    Motion - Discussing what matters
    Superclusters – Episode 2, Part 2 of 2

    July 2018

  • Publications

    USMCA – Impact on digital trade

    On September 30, 2018, Canada, Mexico, and the United States agreed to a trilateral trade agreement called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on January 1, 2020. .

    November 09, 2018

  • News

    The Globe and Mail - Anthony de Fazekas and Maya Medeiros

    Anthony de Fazekas, Canadian head of tech and innovation, and Maya Medeiros, IP partner, argue that if Canada is to be a true leader in AI, it is imperative that the legal regime that underpins it provides clear protection for AI innovations and Canadian data that is flowing out of the country..

    July 06, 2018

    The Globe and Mail - Anthony De Fazekas and Maya Medeiros

    Anthony De Fazekas and Maya Medeiros discuss in an opinion article argue that if Canada is to be a true leader in AI, it is imperative that the legal regime that underpins it provides clear protection for AI innovations and Canadian data that is flowing out of the country..

    July 06, 2018