George Primak † August 9, 2019

George Primak † August 9, 2019

Publication Type: Date: 2019
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George Primak
Member of Honor
† August 9, 2019



George Primak, Member of Honour, passed away on August 9, 2019.

George was born in Ukraine but immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1950, at the age of 14. The family settled in the Montreal area. George obtained a degree in chemical engineering from McGill University. After graduation he joined the firm of Robic and was qualified as a patent agent in 1964. In 1971 he joined Noranda Mines at its research centre as head of its fledging intellectual property department. He retired from Noranda at the age of 55 to form his own firm, Primak & Co.

While at Noranda he became a member of the Association internationale pour la protection de la propriété intellectuelle (AIPPI). He was active on the council of AIPPI Canada and was its president from 1995 to 1998. As vice president during the AIPPI Montreal Congress in 1995, he was the official host of the Congress. (The president, Joan Clark QC, was also international president of AIPPI.) George initiated the first digital newsletter of AIPPI Canada and remained as editor for many years.

While a loyal Canadian, George was proud of his Ukrainian roots. He presented a motion to the executive committee of AIPPI at the Montreal Congress for admittance of the Ukrainian Group to represent that country. This was significant, politically, as it recognized Ukraine as an independent sovereign country. After the Executive Committee had voted unanimously to approve the motion, George left the room to announce the decision to the waiting Ukrainian Group and then proudly led them into the assembly room to great applause. Joan Clark was moved to state that “at moments like that, one appreciates being part of an international association such as AIPPI.”

George Primak retired from active practice in 2007 at the age of 71. George was passionate about his profession and matters intellectual property, he enjoyed attending AIPPI meetings and seeing friends and colleagues.

His interests included reading, writing, politics, history, current events in the Ukraine, gardening and animals.

But the most important matters in his life, involved his family.

He is survived by his wife Monique Gagnon, his daughter Nathalie, sons Paul and John and two grandchildren.