Graeme Boocock

Graeme Boocock PhD

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Graeme Boocock is a Senior Patent Agent in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He specializes in drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the life sciences, including personalized medicine and antibody technologies. Graeme counsels clients on patenting strategies and assists with management of international portfolios.

Graeme also assists clients with Plant Breeders' Rights applications. He is an amateur plant breeder and recently developed the new Passiflora variety 'Pole Star'.

Graeme conducted his doctoral research at The Hospital for Sick Children (University of Toronto) and this culminated in the discovery of the human gene that is mutated in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome – an inherited disease involving bone marrow failure, leukemia risk, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, and varied developmental problems. Graeme then worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, focusing on synthetic biology and protein engineering.

Representative Work

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications for biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceutical inventions for Canadian and international patent offices.
  • Providing opinions on patentability, infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate issues.
  • Advising and assisting with technology transfer in Canadian universities and teaching hospitals.

Publications & Presentations

Academic Publications

  • Boocock, Steinberg & Somburg, The German-Jewish Psychiatrist James Lewin: A Victim Twice Forgotten,” Der Nervenarzt, 2012, 83(1): 71-5.
  • Boocock, Marit & Rommens, “Phylogeny, sequence conservation, and functional complementation of the SBDS protein family,” Genomics, 2006, 87(6): 758-71.
  • Shammas, Menne, Hilcenko, Michell, Goyenechea, Boocock et al., “Structural and mutational analysis of the SBDS protein family. Insight into the leukemia-associated Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome,” Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2005, 280(19): 19221-9.
  • Boocock et al., “Mutations in SBDS are associated with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome,” Nature Genetics, 2003, 33(1): 97-101.
  • Goobie, Popovic, Morrison, Ellis  Ginzberg, Boocock et al., “Shwachman-Diamond syndrome with exocrine pancreatic dysfunction and bone marrow failure maps to the centromeric region of chromosome 7,” American Journal of Human Genetics, 2001, 68(4): 1048-54.