Patrick is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. Born in Toronto and raised in Wedgeport, NS, Patrick was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998, having completed his education at Saint Mary’s University (B. Comm. 1990), University of Windsor (M.B.A. 1991), and Dalhousie Law School (LL.B., 1997).
Patrick serves on the board of directors for the Canadian IT Law Association. He is the past chair of the CBA – NS Securities Law and Intellectual Property Law subsections and former officer and director of Digital Nova Scotia (formerly, Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia).
With clients ranging from entrepreneurs and startups to publicly listed companies, Patrick is frequently called upon to advise and assist on all aspects of business law, including issues relating to unlimited companies (ULC’s). His experience includes assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as public offerings, private equity transactions and financings.
Patrick’s practice also consists of advising on intellectual property and technology law issues including protection and commercialization, as well as privacy, data protection and cybersecurity law issues. He has significant experience in technology transactions including licensing, acquisitions and sales of intellectual property assets, multi-year IT outsourcing and agreements relating to the internet and cloud based applications and services. He is a Registered Trade-mark Agent (Canada).
- Nova Scotia (1998)
- Dalhousie University
- Saint Mary’s University (B.Comm. 1990)
- University of Windsor (M.B.A. 1991)
- Dalhousie Law School (LL.B. 1997)
Professional Activities & Affiliations
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
- Canadian IT Law Association – Board of Directors (member)
- Past Member – International Technology Law Association
- Canadian Bar Association – Past – Chair, Securities Nova Scotia Branch,
and Past – Chair, Intellectual Property, Nova Scotia Branch
- Nova Scotia Barristers Society – Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Liaison Committee
Activities Within Firm
Patrick is chair of Cox & Palmer’s Halifax Technology & Life Sciences group. In this capacity he leads the alt business start-up initiative for high growth innovation companies in Nova Scotia.
Community & Volunteer Activities
- Past Director of Triathlon Nova Scotia
Lectures & Presentations
Patrick has lectured and written on numerous topics in the areas of governance, technology contracting, securities law, venture capital, intellectual property, business expansion, and e-commerce.
Law Society Memberships
- Canadian Bar Association
- Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
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- The Day After: Canada’s Breach Notification Rules Soon to be in Effect
- The Latest on Crowdfunding Exemptions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
- Deciding on the Structure of Your Business? Things You Need to Know
- Are You Ready to Comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation?
- Canada's New Not-for-Profit Corporations Act