IP - Patents in Canada - East
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BENOÎT & CÔTÉ OFFERS PERSONALIZED AND LEADING-EDGE SERVICES OF A BOUTIQUE FIRM WITH THE RESPECTED AND TRUSTED SECURITY OF A TOP TIER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FIRM.
Having previously worked together and combining over 40 years of experience, co-founders C. Marc Benoît and France Côté envisioned an IP firm that would offer a complete vision of the intellectual property needs of clients, be they inventors, start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses or multinational corporations.
In 2009, having brought together a team of patent and trademark professionals covering all areas of expertise, this vision became a reality with the creation of the first BENOÎT & CÔTÉ office in Montréal, Canada. Since then, we have supplied numerous local and international clients with a wide range of services and worked with well-known and highly respected foreign associates in order to maximize IP value.Show more +
Irina Kostko is a lawyer (Quebec Bar, 2014) specializing in patents. She helps inventors obtain patents in various fields of engineering, including electrical engineering, telecommunications, and information technology. For the past 7 yeas, Irina drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications for startups, SMEs, and telecommunication and information technology giants.
Irina thrives in building and maintaining trusted relationships with inventors due to her deep knowledge and expertise in engineering, and her industrial and academic research experience. She has helped inventors from all over the world. Irina is fluent in three languages: English, French, and Russian.
Prior to attending law school, Irina designed transmitters and other devices for fiber-optic communications while working in the academia and the industry in the UK and in Canada. Irina created simulation software for optimization of high-speed telecommunication lasers. Thus, algorithms and C++ codes are not strangers to her.
Irina is a co-author of over thirty scientific publications. (That is how she became fond of technical writing.) She also lectured theoretical and practical classes in fiber optics, optoelectronics, and numerical computer simulations at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal and McGill University.
Irina then decided to switch gears by pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Montreal. After graduating, she dived into intellectual property law.
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Montreal
- Certificate of Proficiency, French for Professional Communication, McGill University
- PhD, Physics of Semiconductors, Ioffe Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences
- Master of Engineering and Technology (Electronics and Microelectronics), Electrotechnical University of St. Petersburg (LETI), Department of Optoelectronics headed by Nobel Prize Laureate Zhores Alferov
- Bachelor of Engineering and Technology (Electronics and Microelectronics), Electrotechnical University of St. Petersburg (LETI)
- Member of the Quebec Bar
- Member of the Quebec Order of Engineers
- Member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
- President of the McGill Women's Alumnae Association (MWAA)
- Quebec Chapter Lead of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)