The nature of business today is international, fast-paced and ever-changing. What never changes at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall is the awareness that intellectual property rights must be protected as valuable corporate assets.
Our Intellectual Property Law Group can help you establish, monitor, and enforce the intellectual property rights that are critical to protecting your company’s most valuable commodities. Your intellectual assets follow your business around the world, and our team provides the international expertise and network of partners to support you. We represent individuals, start-ups, and national and international corporations, and can help businesses and venture capital firms establish the value of intellectual property.
Our Ottawa law firm offers expertise across intellectual property law and litigation, and business law. We provide a flexible team of Ottawa lawyers that can be scaled to meet your needs, and can represent clients before administrative bodies and courts. We have industry-specific expertise across the business and technical sides of a range of fields including energy, clean energy, biofuel technology, green patenting, chemistry, biotechnology, nanomedicine, drug delivery technology, cannabis, pharmaceuticals, engineering, electronics, photonics, software, hardware and telecommunications.
Gowling WLG is recognised among Canada’s leading law firms across all areas of IP. Our award-winning group of IP professionals is Canada’s largest, and has earned a reputation as the go-to team for those seeking ironclad protection for their most valuable brands and other IP rights.
Gowling WLG files more than one and a half times the number of trademark applications in Canada than any other firm, contributing more than 6% of all trademarks filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). We also file 9% of patents, more than any other full-service firm, and act in more IP cases before the Federal Court than any other law firm in Canada.
In 2020, Gowling WLG won the Canadian “Firm of the Year” award in the Trademark Prosecution category at the MIP Americas Awards 2020 and was named Canadian “Firm of the Year” in the Trademarks category at the Global IP Awards. In 2019, Gowling WLG was named Canada’s “Firm of the Year” for both Patents and Trademarks at the Global Intellectual Property Awards.
Gowling WLG is pleased to waive the fee associated with the appointment of our firm as Agent of Record on your Canadian designated trademark application under the Madrid Protocol. CIPO will not correspond with foreign agents; therefore, having a Canadian Agent appointed will significantly reduce the risk of missed deadlines or inadvertent loss of rights with respect to a Canadian application.
Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada is unique in its ability to provide seamless IP advice on a truly national and global scale. We have one of the few IP practices with such a designation in Canada covering IP professionals in each of Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The integration of Bull Housser Tupper was completed on January 1, 2017 and has added a particular depth in trademark prosecution and litigation, anti-counterfeiting, and trade secrets.
Litigation practice: The team of IP litigators at Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked among the best in Canada. We provide offensive and defensive litigation counsel in all areas of intellectual property, including patents infringement and impeachment actions under the Patent Act and pursuant prohibition proceedings and section 8 damages actions under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance Regulations), copyrights, trade-marks, trade-mark oppositions, trade secrets, counterfeit enforcement, and industrial designs. The team is particularly well known and regarded for its patent litigation work for pharmaceutical clients. Our roster of innovative pharmaceutical clients for which we act in litigation is second to none in Canada. As pharmaceutical patent disputes represent a significant part of patent litigation in Canada, our team is extremely active in this area. The patent litigation practice also includes mechanical patents, medical devices and oil and gas patents, among other technologies. More recently, several new partners with leading practices in trademark and copyright litigation have increased our capabilities, successes and client base in this area.
Patent practice: Norton Rose Fulbright's Canada patent attorneys and agents have highly specialized degrees and provide comprehensive intellectual property advice and global portfolio strategy. We handle the Canadian and global patent work for a stellar cross section of Canadian and international clients. Our Canadian Patent Centre of Excellence complements notably the patent expertise within Norton Rose Fulbright in the United States.
We are one of the largest patent filers in Canada with a particular emphasis on drafting original patents and global portfolio strategy, as evidenced by the fact that we are consistently one of the top PCT filers in Canada. We are often selected over our competitors because our patent prosecution expertise is unrivalled and works seamlessly with our disputes and regulatory lawyers to provide strategic and holistic approach to patent portfolio management.
Trademark practice: We assist clients with all aspects of the branding process. This includes providing overall branding strategy, the drafting and prosecuting of trade-mark applications, the provision of advice regarding availability and registrability of marks in Canada and globally. Our team provides strategic trade-mark advice including portfolio review, infringement surveillance, and advice on legal issues connected with introducing products and services to the market, such as branding, product information and advertising. We assist clients with all aspects of brands expansion into social media including acquisition of domain names, and enforcement of brands on all social media channels globally. Our litigation team acts for clients in opposition proceedings, infringement proceedings and expungement proceedings and trade libel actions.
Copyright practice: Our copyright team has expertise in all aspects of copyright law including clearance, acquisition and registration, infringement and litigation, due diligence, licenses, assignments and transactional issues. We act for copyright owners working in various industries such as film, television, video, music, art, fashion, literature, software and evolving media including telecommunications and the Internet. Similarly, our trade-marks team works with clients to acquire, commercialize and safeguard their brands, including logos, product or container shapes and packaging. We advise on all aspects of the selection, registration, commercialization and protection of rights related to trade-marks and brands. We are regularly called upon to advise on the copyright aspects of advertising and marketing campaigns. Clients consistently call upon our professionals for wide industry coverage, the shared experience between the team and our large panel of services. Our litigation lawyers are also active in copyright disputes at both the trial and appellate levels in the software, media, communications, and entertainment sectors with clients including film studios, software and gaming developers, telecommunications companies, the television industry and the music business. We have extensive experience representing rights holders before the Copyright Board and assisting in the enforcement of tariffs, as well as in anti-counterfeiting mandates for fashion enterprises and standards organizations, including border seizures and rapid enforcement campaigns.
Commercial IP practice: The IP team handles a wide range of commercial transactions relating to all areas of intellectual property. For example, our commercial IP team has assisted a major financial institution in developing key collaboration agreements, developed and negotiated licensing agreements with other financial institutions, developed blockchain consortium agreements, and very complex IP co-existence and ownership issues.
Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are also the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas. We have a history and tradition of providing the highest quality of IP advisory services and have filed more patent and trademark applications than any firm in Canada.
Our decades of experience in intellectual property, combined with our deep knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies and industries, allows us to provide clients with clarity on opportunities and solutions to leverage and maximize IP. No other firm can claim a stronger track record of victories in intellectual property litigation for its clients than Smart & Biggar. We pride ourselves on providing clients with the rare combination of successful trial experience, deep subject matter expertise and sophisticated and practical skills and analysis.
At Smart & Biggar, we have the honour of working with many of Canada’s and the world’s most important innovators and brand owners. We are proud to have supported our clients on the road to market leadership — from start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations, as well as innovators at universities and other research institutions – advising them on their most critical and complex IP matters. We continuously invest in our client relationships, and many of our clients have entrusted us with protecting, enforcing and commercializing their IP rights. Whether we are advising an innovative manufacturer on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we always ensure that our clients receive the full benefit of our unrivaled IP experience and expertise.
Since 1890, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets, and advising clients on how to uncover and maximize available opportunities. We are committed to providing expert counsel and guidance to safeguard our clients’ competitive position and help them build and enforce strategic intellectual property and technology rights that will create more value for their business.