David Wood

David Wood PhD


Executive Summary

David Wood is a partner and patent agent in our Calgary office. David practices intellectual property and regulatory law. David is co-chair of the Borden Ladner Gervais Cannabis Industry Focus Group and his regulatory practice is specific to the Canadian cannabis industry.

David has advised federal cannabis licensees, pre-license entities, technology companies, and other domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to the Cannabis Act and its regulations, including the Cannabis Regulations and the Industrial Hemp Regulations (the "IHR").

David’s intellectual property practice and experience includes:​​

  • drafting and prosecuting patent applications;
  • assessing patentability of technology, validity of patents, and infringement of patents, and other patent-related due diligence;
  • multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio management; and
  • patent litigation.

David has experience with chemical, biochemical, information, and mechanical technologies relating to cannabis, medical devices, imaging, oil and gas, and other industries.

During his doctoral work, David characterized a complex between DNA and metal ions using a number of biochemical and biophysical techniques, including surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, quenching of DNA-tethered fluorophores, and ethidium-based fluorescence assays. David’s education in structural biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, plant biochemistry, and natural products chemistry provides a strong technical background for advising clients in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to both intellectual property and regulatory law.

In addition to his technical background, David’s understanding of the federal Cannabis Act,Cannabis Regulations, the IHR and other applicable law, and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, and his familiarity with the Canadian cannabis industry and its participants, each add value when advising domestic and foreign clients in relation to developing or licensing technology related to the Canadian cannabis industry. He has presented on the topic many times and in many contexts, and is able to effectively help audiences understand the industry.

Representative Work

  • Advising an international pharmaceutical company in relation to cannabis supply, regulatory compliance and dosage forms
  • Advising a national pharmacy chain in relation to cannabis supply, regulatory compliance and new product categories
  • Advising a natural health products company in relation to licensing for processing and cultivation and intellectual property
  • Assisting with the going-public transaction for Brassneck Capital Corp. through reverse takeover by National Access Cannabis Corp
  • Providing ongoing regulatory advice to federal cannabis licensees and to entities applying for licenses under the Cannabis Regulations
  • Advising federal cannabis licensees, provincial retail licensees, cannabis accessories vendors, clinics and other entities in relation to promotional activity regulated by the Cannabis Act and provincial legislation
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating multiple cannabis supply agreements between cultivators and processors
  • Advising on transaction of hemp flowers between Industrial Hemp Regulations licensees and cannabis processors
  • Advising food companies in relation to positioning for sale of edibles, including foods and beverages
  • Advising multiple entities of varying sizes on obtaining retail sales licenses or permits in Alberta including the appeal process, and through collaboration with other professionals, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan
  • Drafting website terms and conditions and privacy policy, and advising on online promotional activity, for domestic and foreign federal cannabis licensees, provincially licensed retailers, social media sites, and other industry participants
  • Advising multiple technology companies (domestic and foreign), including licensed producers, licensed dealers and applicants, in relation to:
    • Scope of activities under Cannabis Regulations licences, and Marihuana Medical Access Regulations licences extended by R v. Allard
    • Intellectual property licensing
    • Patent rights, including drafting and filing patent applications in relation to biotechnology and dosage forms
    • Plant breeders’ rights
    • Trade secrets
  • Advising assisted living facilities in relation to the scope of practice of nurses outside of hospitals, and in relation to adult use policies
  • Working with professionals in BLG's corporate and immigration groups to move a skilled individual into Canada to work in the cannabis industry
  • Advising federal cannabis licensees and other entities on the scope of wares and services that may be included in trademark applications to position for product diversification
  • Engaging the Government of Canada on behalf of licensed producers and licensed dealers to prepare submissions on regulations under the Cannabis Act and the Excise Act

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Cannabis in the Workplace,” BLG Labour and Employment Symposium, February, 2018.
  • Quoted, "Pot industry players weigh benefits of cross-border travel after latest U.S. statement," CTV News, October 2018.
  • Presenter, “The First 48 Hours: Canada’s Comprehensive Regulated Cannabis Industry,”International Association of Financial Crimes Professionals, October 2018.
  • Presenter, “CBA – AB Aboriginal Law Section South Meeting - A New Fixture of the Economy – Regulated Cannabis,” Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section Presentation, October 2018.
  • Presenter, “Financing a New Fixture of the Economy – Regulated Cannabis,” BLG Financial Services Group Seminar, October 2018.
  • Author, “The cannabis industry can expect more growth - and consolidation”, Toronto Globe and Mail, October 2018.
  • Presenter, “The Cannabusiness Key – Cannabis up North! Regulatory and IP Issues Under Canada’s New Adult Use Market,” Webinar on Cannabis and Intellectual Property with Offit Kurman, September 2018.
  • Panelist, “Edibles,” MNP Event, September 2018.
  • Co-Author, " Canada’s Historic Bill C-45 Breaks Ground for the Cannabis Industry", BLG's Cannabis Bulletin, June 21, 2018.
  • Presenter, “The Regulated Cannabis Industry: Servicing a New Fixture of the Economy,” Law Society of British Columbia CLE, June 2018.
  • Author, " Defining a cannabis industry niche through branding", The Lawyer's Daily, May 2018
  • Author, " Technology and cannabis branding: The Entourage Effect,” The Lawyer's Daily, May 2018
  • Presenter, “Regulated Adult Use Cannabis: A Fixture of the Economy,” City of Surrey Risk Management Professional Symposium, April 2018.
  • Author, "Vegetative growth: The medical foundation of the Canadian cannabis industry," The Lawyer's Daily, March 2018.
  • Presenter, “Regulations and Intellectual Property Rights in Branding and Technology for the Cannabis Industry,” Canadian Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, February 2018.
  • Speaker, “Cannabis in Canada,” MAPLE Speaking Tour, Southern California, December 2017.
  • Author, " A Tale of Two Cannabis Markets,",BLG Publication, November 13, 2017.
  • Panel Moderator, Canadian Cannabis Alberta Round Table and Networking Event, Glencoe Club, Calgary, November 9, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Cannabis oil: Heavy on relief, light on cultural baggage," The Lawyer's Daily, July 21, 2017.
  • Quoted, "Cannabis and patents 101," Lift News, April 2017.
  • Co-Author, "The Fall of the Green Wall: Legalizing Cannabis in Canada," BLG’s Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, April 2017.
  • Quoted, "Legalization of marijuana could be boon for lawyers in many practice areas," The Lawyer's Daily, March 2017.
  • Author, " ACMPR: Same as it Ever Was — with More Options for Patients and Licensed Producers," BLG's Securities & Capital Markets Bulletin, August 2016.
  • Presenter, "IP Agreements with Employers and Contractors - Common Pitfalls," BLG Employment Law Mini Symposium, May 11, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Protecting your Intellectual Capital in the Canadian Oil & Gas Industry," Canadian Energy Law Foundation Conference, Jasper, 2012.
  • Contributing Author, Life Sciences and Chemical Patent Practice in Canada: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition, BLG publication (complimentary copy available upon request), 2011.
  • Wood, D.O. & Lee, J.S., "Investigation of pH-dependent DNA-metal Ion Interactions by Surface Plasmon Resonance," Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2005, 99: 566-574.
  • S.D. Wettig, Wood, D.O., P. Aich, R.J.S. Skinner & J.S. Lee, "Fluorescence Quenching in M-DNA: Formation and Electron Transfer Mechanisms," Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2005, 99: 2093-2101.
  • Wettig, S.D., Wood, D.O. & Lee, J.S., "Thermodynamic Investigation of M-DNA: A Novel Metal Ion-DNA Complex," Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Bioch, 2003, 94: 94-99.
  • Wood, D.O., Dinsmore, M.J., Bare, G.A. & Lee, J.S., "M-DNA is Stabilized in G●C Tracts of by Incorporation of 5-fluorouracil," Nucleic Acids Research, 2002, 30: 2244-2250.