Steven Tanner

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BSc (Hon)(Waterloo), JD (Toronto), of the Law Society of Ontario

Steven Tanner is a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Toronto. With a focus on patent litigation, he represents clients in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and telecommunications sectors. He appears frequently in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, primarily in patent disputes.

Mr. Tanner is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches patent law.

As Co-Lead of McCarthy Tétrault’s Oil and Gas Patent Litigation practice, Mr. Tanner has been successful in significant oil and gas patent litigation mandates, including for Enbridge, Aux Sable, Preferred Sands, Clean Harbors, Astro Thermal Tec and Pulse Directional Technologies. The technologies at issue have included the steam-assisted gravity drainage (“SAGD”) of bitumen, transportation of natural gas, downhole tools, waste cleanup and efficient heaters.

In his spare time, Mr. Tanner has competed in numerous triathlons throughout North America and Europe at the sprint, Olympic, IRONMAN 70.3, and IRONMAN distances. He is an avid runner and has completed various races at the 10k, half marathon and marathon distances. He is also an avid guitar player. He is also a dedicated downhill skier who has challenged the slopes in B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Colorado, Wyoming, Vermont, New York, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Mr. Tanner received his Honours Co-operative Biochemistry (Biotechnology option) BSc from the University of Waterloo in 2001 and his JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2005.