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.
Osler acts as an integral business partner by developing and executing global intellectual property strategies in prosecution and litigation that align with our client’s objectives. Our firm represents a vast client base in complex litigation in every field of IP, before every level of the Canadian courts and before international tribunals. We have coordinated and managed prosecution and litigation strategies throughout multiple jurisdictions, and our international reputation for excellence in Canadian IP patent litigation has been built on our winning record. We also supervise the filing and prosecution of patent applications outside of North America on behalf of our clients through our network of foreign associate law firms.
We have extensive experience in drafting, filing, prosecuting and maintaining patent and industrial design applications in Canada, including for leading Canadian and multinational companies. Our patent agents, most of whom are PhD or Masters qualified, are highly proficient in dealing with patent protection and patent avoidance issues in the design, engineering and manufacturing of products, and particularly products to be distributed simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. We regularly conduct freedom-to-operate studies and render opinions in respect of Canadian patents for our clients.
Our firm routinely acts as counsel to the world’s largest and leading generic pharmaceutical companies, including Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Teva Canada, Samsung Bioepsis, Pharmascience, Celltrion Inc, and many others, and we have particular expertise in representing and advising international and domestic innovators in areas of technology, biotech, life sciences, electronics and consumer products.
Osler has in-depth experience in clearing, registering, maintaining and enforcing trade-mark rights in Canada and internationally, on managing domestic and international portfolios for leading Canadian and global corporations and in successfully representing clients’ interests before the courts and intellectual property administrative tribunals. We also service an extensive network of foreign law and agency firms, assisting those firms in protecting the Canadian rights of their clients. For many consecutive years, Osler has been among the top filers of trade-mark applications with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”).
A selection of Osler’s trade-mark clients and clients we service through our network of firms include 3M Company, Air Products Canada, Ltd., American Eagle Outfitters, Bass Pro Shops, Bausch & Lomb Inc., Caterpillar, H.D. Lee, Eddie Bauer, Estée Lauder, Fisher–Price, Hugo Boss Canada, LinkedIn Corporation, Live Nation Worldwide, Mattel, Inc., Matsushita, NBA, National Women's Hockey League, Phillips 66, Sullivan Entertainment Inc., WNBA and Wrangler Apparel.
Osler’s Intellectual Property team also represents clients in disputes and litigation involving copyright (including infringement claims, ownership disputes and Copyright Board tariff proceedings), trade-marks (including infringement claims, expungement proceedings and Trade-Mark Opposition Board proceedings), domain names, trade secrets/conﬁdential information, anti-counterfeiting and misleading advertising. Our clients include Re:Sound Music Licensing Company and Universities Canada.
DWW is a Toronto law firm specializing in Intellectual Property (“IP”), Information Technology (“IT”) and Privacy and Cybersecurity (“P&C”). Our team of lawyers is as large as the corresponding groups of many full-service firms, and our specialized practices means we have an exceptional depth of experience. Founded over 25 years ago, the firm has grown from seven lawyers to close to 20, covering all aspects of IP prosecution, commercialization and enforcement; technology law; emerging technology protection and commercialization; privacy and data breach protection, management and coaching; litigation; and regulatory law. We provide a full range of services relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, confidential information, and other forms of intellectual property.
We act for a number of large businesses, including an international oilfield services company, a provincial government, municipalities, an automotive manufacturer and an automotive products company, speciality chemical company, pharmaceutical companies, a major inter-bank data network, a top-tier hospital, an international soft drink company, and a number of Canadian tech start-ups. We have acted for several international drug companies on patent litigation, PM(NOC), and regulatory matters and we also provide day-to-day patent and trademark advice for major food, chemical, automotive and retail companies.
DWW’s expertise in widely recognized. We are currently designated as one of the Top 10 IP boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Our lawyers have been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Chambers and Partners Canada Guide, the Chambers and Partners Global Guide, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
The founding partners at DWW were partners at major national law firms and successfully transferred their large, complex and varied "big firm" experiences to a specialized boutique firm that offers clients the breadth of experience and IP, IT and P&C expertise of a major firm with a hands-on, flexible, service-oriented approach to client care. We strive at all times to ensure that we have added value to our clients’ organization, in addition to ensuring that their legal rights are protected.
We understand that a pure, technical, legal solution is not always the only or best solution. We deliver fast, responsive, relevant legal advice that meets the tight timelines that organizations face. We believe that our hands-on, business-focused practice sets us apart from many other firms practicing IP, IT and P&C law. We understand the technologies and we understand the businesses our clients are in. We appreciate the need for timely, practical and relevant legal advice. Sometimes, all a client needs is a quick answer to a question; not a 40 page memo.
Marks & Clerk is one of the UK’s largest, and longest established, intellectual property firms. Our expert teams of patent and trade mark attorneys and lawyers are wired directly into the UK’s innovation economies via our offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Alongside our presence in the UK, we also have offices in nine international locations covering the EU, Canada and Asia, meaning we can tap into local expertise, globally.
Our team provides a full-service IP offering, from the initial filing of IP, through to litigation and commercial exploitation. Having seen the benefits that our clients derive from our full-service model, a number of patent attorney firms have since sought to follow a similar approach by adding solicitors to their teams. However, our well-established and highly regarded litigation and commercial transactions practices continue to set us apart from other firms.
We are experts not only in intellectual property law, but also in the science and technology that underpins our clients’ businesses. Our ability to draw upon this specialist technical expertise, not just in the context of patent prosecution but also in the context of litigation and commercial transactions, enables us to provide clients with a level of service and reach unmatched by other firms.