Jenene Roberts is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Group at Goodmans.
Jenene practises in the area of intellectual property litigation. With a particular focus on patent litigation, Jenene has significant experience and expertise in litigating cases in the pharmaceutical industry. She also appears regularly before the Federal Court of Canada in complex patent litigation, and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal.
Jenene is also a registered trademark agent. She has been involved in trademark opposition proceedings and expungement proceedings, having appeared before the Trademarks Opposition Board.
Prior to law school, Jenene worked as a research assistant for three years as an undergraduate chemistry student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she was also a recipient of numerous awards, including The Captain Robert A. Bartlett Science Award as the top undergraduate student graduating from the Faculty of Science.
Jenene was a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution group from 2011 – 2021 and rejoined Goodmans in 2022.
Jenene is recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation Canada, as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in Canada, and as a “Rising Star” by IP Stars. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 Canada in the area of Intellectual Property.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada v Apotex Inc. - Counsel to Apotex in the successful motion for summary dismissal of patent proceedings relating to the drug aripiprazole, which is used to treat schizophrenia, on the basis of non-infringement.
Valeant Canada LP v Apotex Inc - Counsel to Apotex in the successful motion for summary dismissal of patent proceedings relating to the drug metformin, which is used to treat diabetes, on the basis of non-infringement.
Eli Lilly Canada Inc v Apotex Inc - Counsel to Apotex in the successful dismissal of a patent proceeding relating to the drug prasugrel, which is used to prevent blood clots, on the basis of obviousness.
Janssen Inc v Apotex Inc - Counsel to Apotex in the successful dismissal of a patent proceeding relating to the drug abiraterone, which is used to treat prostate cancer, on the basis of obviousness.
City of Hamilton Judicial Inquiry - Counsel to the City of Hamilton in a Judicial Inquiry into the Red Hill Valley Parkway (prior to re-joining Goodmans)
Awards & Recognition
The Legal 500 CanadaRecommended, Intellectual Property2024
Best Lawyers in CanadaOnes to Watch, Intellectual Property Law2024
IP StarsRising Star2023
Benchmark CanadaFuture Star2023
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 2005
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.Sc. (Hons.), 2002
Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – Patent Committee (2021-present)