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Kazim Agha

Partner - Patent Agent

Tel: 416-865-3512
Office: Toronto

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Kazim Agha is a partner and patent agent at Ridout & Maybee LLP, in the firm’s Toronto office. He works with clients ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals, helping them protect their inventions, and develop and manage their intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

Kazim’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent and industrial design applications in Canada and internationally, focusing in the areas of life sciences, chemistry, mechanical devices, consumer goods and medical devices; with particular emphasis in, new chemical entities, chemical process, clean technology, biofuel, agrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, nuclear, water purification, biotechnology and fuel cells. In addition, he is involved in IP due diligence activities, including, title, patentability, patent validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate assessments. Further, he assists members of the Pharmaceutical Group with matters including notice of allegation (NOA) preparation and patented medicine notice of compliance (PMNOC) litigation support.

As a chemist, Kazim is involved with the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) in their local sections, and was Chair of the CIC-Toronto Local Section, and currently is a Director of Local Sections, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Chemical Society of Canada (CSC). In addition, he’s been involved with helping organize the annual chemistry conference of the CSC, particularly the Industrial Program, and has also been its symposium Chair. He is also engaged with the American Chemical Society (ACS), presenting on IP and as Chair-elect of the Small Chemical Business Division (SCHB) of the ACS, providing support and guidance to small and medium sized chemical businesses. 

On the intellectual property side, Kazim regularly presents and teaches on IP, particularly patents, and is Chair of the Patent Agent Training Committee (PATC) of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), and is an associate editor of the Canadian Patent Reporter (CPR). Further, he is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee of the European Patent Office (SACEPO).  

Prior to his legal career, Kazim was a senior research chemist at a major chemical company where he was responsible for oligonucleotide and other active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) projects from R&D to manufacturing, including process validation and pre-approval inspection (PAI) preparation for engagement with the regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His studies involved solution and solid phase synthesis of nucleosides, nucleotides and oligonucleotides, and analyzing their physicochemical and biochemical properties, for antisense and antigene applications. 

When away from work, Kazim enjoys spending time with the family, community and playing tennis. 

  • B.Sc. (Honours Chemistry), Dalhousie University (1997)
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry), McGill University (2003)
  • Project Management Certificate, Grant MacEwan College (2004)
  • Registered Patent Agent, Canada (2008)
  • Registered Patent Agent, U.S. (2009)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – IPIC (Associate)
  • IPIC Patent Agent Training Committee - Chair
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) - Member
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) - Director, Local Sections
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) - Member
  • ACS Small Chemical Business Division (SCHB) - Chair-elect
  • ACS Chemistry and Law Division (CHAL) - Member
  • Canada Law Book's Canadian Patent Reporter (CPR) - Editorial Board (Member)
  • Standing Advisory Committee of the European Patent Office (SACEPO) - Member

Heller D. & Agha, K. “Deep into the Genome; A Roundtable Discussion on IP, Patenting, and Personalized Medicine”
BioBusiness, pp. 10-12, July/August 2012.


  • “Protecting your most valuable assets using intellectual property (IP)”, presentation given during the ACS National Meeting, March 20-24, San Diego, CA.
  • Invited panelist to the CSC President’s event on “What is innovation?” during the Canadian Chemistry Conference & Exhibition (CCCE), CSC conference, June 13-17, Calgary, AB
  • Session organizer on “Stories of innovation and entrepreneurship” during the Canadian Chemistry Conference & Exhibition (CCCE), CSC conference, June 13-17, Calgary, AB
  • Invited panelist to the “Innovation in Industry” session during the 12th Annual Nano Ontario Conference and Exhibition, October 11 and 12, Waterloo, ON


  • Introduction to intellectual property, a presentation to Mount Allison university entrepreneurship course (virtual), Feb
  • Panelist on 'Careers after Chemistry', organized by the McGill chemistry graduate students society (virtual), March
  • Invited speaker to the ACS Presidential Symposium on "Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Collaborations" at the ACS national meeting from August 24-26


  • Toronto Public Library – presentation on intellectual property webinar, 2020



  • Co-organizer of "Chemistry-based Start-ups and Small & Medium Enterprises" session – 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Edmonton, AB, 2018


  • Organiz er of "Chemistry-based Start-ups & Small and Medium Enterprises" session – 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, ON, 2017


  • Invited speaker at Mount Allison on intellectual property, 2016


Meet Our People

The lawyers and patent and trademark agents at Ridout & Maybee LLP bring both legal expertise and real-world industry knowledge to work for our clients. Many of our professionals were leaders in their technical field prior to working in intellectual property law, and hold advanced degrees and certifications.