Posted January 24th, 2014 by

Scott MacKendrick

ChemE 8T2

Scott MacKendrick

Scott is a partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property law firms. He practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on litigation. He has been involved in patent litigation across a broad range of technologies, including pharmaceutical, chemical and mechanical technologies; in trade-mark, copyright, industrial design and trade secret litigation; and in domain name dispute resolution. He has taught at several universities and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches patents and trade secrets law. In addition to being a member of the Engineering Alumni Network Executive Board, he is a director of the University of Toronto Alumni Association and a recipient of the University of Toronto Arbor Award.

As a student, Scott studied with Professor Michael Sefton and has fond memories of playing hockey and learning to play bridge in the ChemE common room. He says alumni have the benefit of experience, and it is something that they can, and should, share. He brings his own perspective as a patent lawyer — a rather non-traditional engineering perspective — to the issues before the EAN. He encourages students to “knock on and try to open as many doors as possible. You might not know now what you want to do, but if you open enough doors, you will know what you want to do. And have confidence that you can do it, even if you haven’t done it before. Engineering at U of T gives you the belief that you can tackle whatever technology lands at your feet, and the skillset to learn and understand that technology and the issues it presents.”