S. Serge Shahinian

S. Serge Shahinian

Ph.D., Patent Agent

Telephone : 514.397.5271
Fax : 514.397.4382
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Serge Shahinian became a senior partner of Goudreau Gage Dubuc in 2008, and is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States. He has been practicing in the intellectual property field since 2000, following prior doctoral and post-doctoral training in biochemistry and biology.

Serge Shahinian’s practice includes the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical, covering a wide range of related technologies. He works with a full range of clients including universities and public research institutions, small and medium sized companies, and large multinational corporations, helping them develop and execute intellectual property strategies oriented towards their business goals. His practice also includes the procurement of patent rights in domestic and foreign jurisdictions, as well as opinions and counselling in patentability, validity and infringement matters. He also works closely with our litigation group providing support on patent matters. He further has experience in due diligence in the context of transactions and financing in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Professional affiliations

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

  • 2011-2013 – Member, Forums and Seminars Committee
  • 2011-2013 – Member, Biotechnology Patents Committee
  • 2011-2013 – Chair, Technology Transfer Committee
  • 2009-2011 – Vice-chair, Technology Transfer Comittee
  • 2005-2009 – Member, Technology Transfer Committee
  • 2001-2002 – Member, Biotechnology Legislation Committee

Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)



Shahinian, S. and Dumont, A., “Recent developments on patent-eligibility of medical use claims in Canada”, GGData Newsletter, April 7, 2015

Shahinian, S. and Carpentier, M. “Formalités et processus administratif du dépôt”, JurisClasseur Québec, Coll. «Droit des affaires», Propriété intellectuelle, fasc. 22, Montreal

Shahinian, S. and Dumont, A. “Brevetabilité et définition de l’invention”, JurisClasseur Québec, Coll. «Droit des affaires», Propriété intellectuelle, fasc. 23, Montreal

Mansfield, H., Shahinian, S., “Amazon.com patent application: Still ‘clicking’ its way through the Canadian authorities”, GGData Newsletter, November 2011, Vol. 11, No. 3

Leclerc, A., Shahinian, S., “Canada fast-tracks ‘greentech’ patent applications”, GGData Newsletter, March 2011, Vol. 11, No. 1

Lavin, G., Shahinian, S., “Business method patents are just ‘one-click’ away in Canada”, GGData Newsletter, October 2010, Vol. 10, No. 1

Shahinian, S., Silvius, J.R., “High-yield coupling of antibody fab’ fragments to liposomes containing maleimide-functionalized lipids”, Methods in enzymology Journal, Vol. 387, p. 3-15, 2004

“L’importance de la demande provisoire”, Trans Script, Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter 2004

Levinson, J.N., Shahinian, S., Sdicu, A.-M., Tessier, D.C., and Bussey, H. (2002), “Functional, comparative and cell biological analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Kre5p”, Yeast 19: 1243-59

Roopchand, D.E., Lee, J.M., Shahinian, S., Paquette, D., Bussey, H., Branton, P.E. (2001), “Toxicity of human adenovirus E4orf4 protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae results from interactions with the Cdc55 regulatory B subunit of PP2A”, Oncogene 20: 5279-90

Shahinian, S., and Bussey, H. (2000), “ß-1,6-glucan synthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”, Mol. Microbiol. 35: 477-89

Shahinian, S., Dijkgraaf, GJ.P., Sdicu, A.-M., Thomas, D.Y., Jakob, C., Aebi, M. and Bussey, H. (1998), “Involvement of protein N-glycosyl chain glucosylation and processing in the biosynthesis of cell wall beta-1,6-glucan of Saccharomyces cerevisiae”, Genetics 149: 843-856

Shahinian, S. and Silvius,J.R. (1995), “A novel strategy affords high-yield coupling of antibody Fab’ fragments to liposomes”, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1239: 157-67

Shahinian, S. and Silvius,J.R. (1995), “Doubly lipid-modified protein sequence motifs exhibit long-lived anchorage to lipid bilayers”, Biochemistry 34: 3813-22



“Strategies for Securing Patent Protection in Europe”, IPIC, October 16, 2013 (webinar)

“Too much? Too little? Just right? Increased Scrutiny of the description and the goldilocks syndrome”, 87th IPIC Annual Meeting, September 2013

“US Supreme Court Decision– Association for Molecular Pathology c. Myriad Genetics, Inc.” IPIC, July 9, 2013 (webinar)

“The promise in Canadian patents, a recipe for disaster?”, joint presentation by Shahinian, S. and Gravelle, L.-P., at the FICPI ABC 2013 Conference, New Orleans, May 2013

“Myriad Genetics and Patenting Human Genes”, Shahinian S. and Gold, R., Conference on McGill Podcasts, McGill University, Montreal, June 2013

“The evolution of patenting in the life sciences : Where have we come from and where are we going?”,  Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, January 2013

“Ownership and Transfer of IP Rights in Technology Transfer”, IPIC, October 6, 2011 (webinar)

“Managing Your Client Relationships”, IPIC, June 9, 2011 (webinar)

“Patenting diagnostic inventions: An international perspective”, with Julie Gauvreau, AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting, February 27-March 2, 2011, Las Vegas, NV (poster presentation)

“Workshop on career development”, ENU-CTG, McGill University, December 10, 2010 (panel presentation)

«The art of protecting life science inventions», AUTM 2010 Annual Meeting, March 18-20, 2010, New Orleans, LA (panel presentation)

«Digging deeper into patent grace periods», with Julie Gauvreau, AUTM 2009 Annual Meeting, February 12-14, 2009, Orlando, FL (panel presentation)

“Le monde des brevets”, BioConnexion, Université Laval, 2004 and 2005

“Les brevets dans le domaine de la biotechnologie”, Parc Technologique du Québec Métropolitain, 2003




  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, McGill University, 1996
  • B.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Toronto, 1988