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Jordana* is a top-notch advocate who is recognized on a national and global level for her deep expertise in intellectual property litigation. While she has served as lead counsel in precedent-setting patent litigation for pharma and life sciences clients, her experience in IP extends across a range of industries. Collaborating closely with her clients, she works to achieve their objectives and optimize results. In every case, Jordana brings innovation§ to her work by advancing ideas that can overcome any challenge. She uses logic, reason and creativity in creating winning strategies. Her passion for intellectual property law is evident in the energy and skill she brings to litigation . As one of the top women in IP globally, clients trust Jordana to handle their most complex cases. .



Jordana Sanft (she/her)

is a partner at Lenczner Slaght.

Jordana practices in all areas of intellectual property law, and is particularly well known for her experience in patent and trademark disputes. She is recognized for treating clients as partners, providing practical and strategic advice and obtaining successful results in and out of the courtroom.     

Jordana has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. She also works with clients in the technology, biotechnology, consumer goods, energy, food and beverage, hospitality, and horticulture industries. She regularly acts in proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, patent impeachment and infringement actions, judicial review proceedings, and damages actions.

As part of her approach in leading Canadian IP litigation, Jordana works with clients to maximize success on a local and global level. Jordana has an interest in legal issues at the intersection of IP and artificial intelligence. She regularly works with clients concerning the protection and optimization of their intellectual property portfolios and enforcement of their intellectual property rights.

Jordana has appeared as counsel in matters before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and specialized tribunals such as the Trademarks Opposition Board. Jordana is a registered patent and trademark agent.

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada - Conference Committee Chair (2021-2023); Vice Chair (2019-2021); Women in IP Networking Group

  • Canadian Bar Association - Intellectual Property Section; IP Court Practice Committee - Chair (2017-2020) and Member (2021)

  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

  • The Toronto Intellectual Property Group

  • ChIPs - Non-profit organization advancing women in technology, law and policy

  • The York School - Risk Committee of the Board of Directors; Member at Large (2017-present)

  • Youth Rising Above - Board Member (2021-2022)

  • 2021 Year in Review & 2022 Trends to Watch: Pharmaceutical Patents

    In 2021, the Canadian pharmaceutical and life sciences industries were once again at the forefront of innovation, developing and commercializing new vaccines, drugs, and medical devices. The media continued to shine a light on the advances made to protect the public from COVID-19, including regulatory approvals for new mRNA and adenovirus vector vaccines. In the pharmaceutical patent litigation arena in particular, we saw some new trends develop. There were important developments in proceedings relating to pharmaceutical patents, advances in cases and legislative developments relating to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (“PMPRB”) as well as judicial review applications and appeals in patent-related fields.

    Jordana Sanft | January 6, 2022

  • Chambers Global (2020-2021)

    Intellectual Property – Litigation (Canada)

  • Chambers Canada (2020-2022)

    Intellectual Property: Litigation (Nationwide – Canada), Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation (Nationwide – Canada)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert┬« Directory (2018-2021)

    Intellectual Property (Repeatedly Recommended), Litigation - Intellectual Property (Consistently Recommended)

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Technology Lawyers (2021)

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Health Sciences Lawyers (2021)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2015-2022)

    Intellectual Property

  • IAM Patent 1000 (2019-2020)

    Patent Litigation: Recommended Individual (Silver)

  • LMG Life Sciences (2016)

    Canadian IP Contentious Impact Case of the Year (Gilead Sciences Inc v Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc)

  • LMG Life Sciences (2021)

    Canadian Patent Impact Case of the Year (Natco Pharma v Minister of Health and Gilead Sciences)

  • Managing Intellectual Property: IP STARS (2015-2021)

    Patent Star – Canada, Trademark Star – Canada, Top 250 Women in IP

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