Zarya Cynader

Zarya Cynader

Zarya Cynader

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Zarya is the only lawyer we know who can sing the Periodic Table of the Elements to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" – a talent she has yet to find a practical use for. She applies her other chemical talents to both patent litigation and patent prosecution.

Not being content to spend all her time arguing over arcane features of the Patent Act, Zarya extends her practice to all areas of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, industrial design, and trade secret law. She also helps clients navigate complex regulatory schemes for fun and profit and litigates civil matters. Zarya is licensed to practice law in Ontario and New York, and is authorized by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide advice on New York law as a Foreign Legal Consultant.

When she isn't playing with her molecular models or conducting empirical studies of the dissolution rate of ice in an old-fashioned, Zarya helps educate the lawyers of the future as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She enjoys math jokes, Evelyn Waugh's novels, and waxing nostalgic for the West Coast.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Regulatory and Strategic Advice
  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2014
  • New York, 2016


  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • J.D. - 2013
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • B.Sc. - 2010
    • Major: Chemistry

Published Works

  • Aled Edwards et al., “A trust approach for sharing research reagents”, Science Translational Medicine 9, eaai9055, 2017
  • Nathaniel Lipkus and Zarya Cynader, “Motion for Further Answers on Discovery”, in Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents, ed. Paul V. Lomic, LexisNexis, 2016

Representative Cases

  • Rovi Guides, Inc. et al. v. Videotron G.P. et al., Court File No. T-921-17 (ongoing)
  • Bayer Inc. v. Pharmaceutical Partners of Canada Inc., 2015 FC 797 (aff’g 2015 FC 388), aff’d 2016 FCA 13
  • Eli Lilly Canada Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, 2015 FC 178, aff’d 2015 FCA 286
  • Eli Lilly Canada Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, 2015 FC 125


  • Clinical Legal Education - Structural Genomics Consortium Externship (LAW396), University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2015 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Patent Legislation Committee, 2015 - 2017
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Forums and Seminars Committee, 2017 - Present
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society