About Susan Tees

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A registered Canadian and U.S. patent agent with 25 years of hands-on experience in intellectual property (IP) management, I now provide patent agency and business and IP consulting services to companies and individual inventors under the Tees Consulting banner.

In recent years I have focused on IP services such as patent procurement, but before the turn of the century, I was a one-person IP department for a series of Vancouver companies. I managed patent portfolios, license agreements, new invention identification, inventor verification, cost control, reporting, and executive decision making. I also managed IP Departments during the process of “going public” not once, but twice.

I understand what it is like to manage outside law firms, and how complicated it can seem. A patent portfolio means lots of letters, lots of decisions, and lots of money. I can help on all of those fronts.

“Susan came highly recommended to us by a local hardware start-up. Susan provided excellent, useful and professional service. We are grateful to have received her candid opinions and sound advice that she provided based on her years of experience as a patent agent. Susan genuinely works with the best interests of her clients in mind. Her reputation of high integrity and quality of work is well-deserved.”

A&K Robotics

It is a pleasure to work with Susan. She is knowledgeable and gets the job done in a competent and professional manner. I don’t know how she can make Patents into such fun experiences – but there is always laughter when Susan is around.

Marianne Schovsbo Smyth, from time at OncoGenex Technologies Inc

Susan was incredibly helpful in submitting a patent application request for a product I invented. Her ability to clearly articulate the steps that were involved and setting realistic expectations and timelines for me was impressive. She is fantastic to partner with, efficient, detailed, and an expert in her field.

Andrew North, Inventor of "Skaterbuns"

I have known Susan for over 13 years. While working at Kinetek, I had such a pleasure working with Susan on patent preparations on small molecules as kinase inhibitors for cancer and inflammation therapy and on many other things related to contracts for CROs. Susan had been very efficient and attentive to details in both IP research and preparation of all patent applications. She made critical decisions and strategies on how to protect the compound IP and when to file and what to file at different stages. Susan also learned very quickly of diverse and often complex scientific concepts. She is such a good communicator with the R & D team and we would be able to navigate through the IP jungle with her guidance. I would love to work with her again if I have the opportunities.

Zaihui Zhang, from time at Kinetek Pharmaceuticals Inc

I have had the pleasure of working with Susan in her capacity as Consulting Patent Agent for Zymeworks and have been consistently impressed with the quality of her work, her ability to deftly manage multiple deliverables, and to adapt to rapidly evolving situations. The high degree of integrity she has shown extends beyond statutory filings into all her interactions with the scientific and executive teams at Zymeworks. She has also show a great ability to grasp complex scientific principals (computational, biophysical and biological) and in tandem with external counsel, to translate the science into valid IP positions.

Igor D'Angelo, Zymeworks Inc.

I have had the pleasure of working with Susan in her capacity as Consulting Patent Agent for Zymeworks and have been consistently impressed with the quality of her work, her ability to deftly manage multiple deliverables, and to adapt to rapidly evolving situations. The high degree of integrity she has shown extends beyond statutory filings into all her interactions with the scientific and executive teams at Zymeworks. She has also show a great ability to grasp complex scientific principals (computational, biophysical and biological) and in tandem with external counsel, to translate the science into valid IP positions.

Neil Klompas, Zymeworks Inc.

Susan has helped me with various complex patent related issues over the years including searching and analysis. She has also helped me in drafting a number of patent applications and her input and advice about patent “legalese” has been valuable. She is a very pleasant and helpful individual to work with.

Surjit Dixit, Zymeworks Inc.

Susan worked with us as our IP administrator while one of our regular staff was on leave. Susan got up to speed very quickly on our portfolio and how we liked things to be done. She was great at focusing us on matters requiring decisions, and allowing us to leave the details and everyday tasks in her capable hands.

Gordon McCauley, President & CEO of Allon Therapeutics