Patricia Folkins
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more and fear less. (Marie Currie)

Patricia Folkins

B.Sc., Ph.D. (Chemistry)



About Patricia

Patricia is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP, where she leads the firm’s Chemical and Chemical AI practice groups.

Patricia’s practice focuses on assessing the patentability of new technologies, preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, providing strategic advice, performing prior art and freedom to operate searches and portfolio management including for due diligence purposes. Her work experience is in most areas of chemistry with a specialty in organic chemistry, in particular in small molecule therapeutics. She also has experience in the areas of agriculture, food chemistry, formulations, catalysts, polymers, materials, nanotechnology and drug delivery. She works with all types of clients including small startups, universities, research hospitals and multi-national companies.

Patricia has worked in house as a medicinal chemist and as a patent manager for a small biopharmaceutical company and a leading Canadian university. She enjoys working with the scientists to protect their important research and, by doing so, staying at the forefront of chemistry knowledge and understanding.

Outside work Patricia enjoys travelling, walking and is an avid golfer. She enjoys spending time in her beautiful home province of New Brunswick with family and friends. She is most proud of her two children and enjoys spending time with them and watching as they embark on their own adventures.


  • Ph.D., McGill University, 1991
  • B.Sc., Dalhousie University, 1987


  • Registered United States Patent Agent, 2002
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent, 2001


  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
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