Amy Fong has a varied intellectual property practice and works to address all of her clients’ intellectual property needs, whether they relate to patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright and domain names. She conducts patentability and trademark availability evaluations, prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications, handles trademark opposition proceedings, and counsels clients on technology transfers and licensing. She also advises on patent, trademark and copyright enforcement and infringement issues, and works with clients to prevent and resolve intellectual property-related disputes before litigation.
Working with a diverse group of clients ranging from tech start-ups to more established corporations, Amy adapts her approach to meet each client’s needs. She enjoys learning about new technologies and has helped to obtain patent and trademark protection for clients in a wide range of industries, including computer software and systems, electronics, cleantech, telecommunications, imaging, medical, consumer product, food and beverage, hospitality, mining, and entertainment industries. Her engineering physics degree and her prior work experience at software, telecommunications and imaging companies enable her to work closely with engineers to identify aspects of their innovations which are suitable for intellectual property protection and monetization.
Amy first joined Oyen Wiggs as a law school summer student in 2003, and articled with and joined the firm as an associate lawyer in 2007. Prior to her call to the bar, Amy clerked at the Federal Court in Ottawa. In addition to guest lecturing on intellectual property law at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, Amy has also worked as a piano teacher and a university mathematics teaching assistant.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
- Executive Member, National Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (2010-2011)
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Implications for Canadian Copyright Law
- From purple candy bar wrappers to red sole shoes: the increasing commercial significance of colour marks
- IP issues for mobile app developers
- Protecting your trademarks south of the border: Differences between Canadian and American trademark law
- From “first-to-invent” to “first-to-file”: How the first-to-file and novelty requirements under the new America Invents Act compare to Canadian patent law
- “Unmasking the John Does of Cyberspace: Surveillance by Private Copyright Owners”, Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 4, No. 3, November 2005 (winning entry of the 2005 IT.Can Student Writing Competition)
- “Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More”, Small Business BC – June 10, 2016, Vancouver
- “Business Basics Webinar – Intellectual Property”, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia – April 14, 2015, Vancouver