For more than a century, the world’s top companies have looked to Gowling WLG to maximise and protect their treasured intangible assets, at home and abroad. As the global economy grows ever more knowledge-driven, clients continue to count on our broad experience to help them navigate an increasingly perilous intellectual property (IP) landscape.
Home to more than 200 IP practitioners in jurisdictions around the world, Gowling WLG is a leader in IP law, with significant strength in prosecution, enforcement & litigation and transactional work across all industry sectors.
IP solutions — wherever you need them
Gowling WLG provides top IP practices in Canada, the UK and throughout Europe, as well as across an arc of challenging jurisdictions that include China, Russia, and the Middle East. Our exclusive association with JurisAsia in Singapore — along with a robust network of established relationships with leading IP practitioners worldwide — further ensures you have access to the very best advice, wherever business takes you.
Full lifecycle approach
Every step on the path to market presents different challenges for you and your brands. Gowling WLG works with you to overcome those challenges by protecting and enforcing your IP assets and helping you maximise their value. From initial drafting and registration to complex enforcement matters, through to the management and monetisation of large international portfolios, our team is equipped to assist you during the entire lifecycle of your IP assets.
Market leading IP expertise
Gowling WLG offers expertise in all aspects of IP around the world - with core specialisms in trademarks, brands and designs, patents, IP litigation and advertising, and product regulatory advice. This strength in global capability, combined with our collaborative approach, is why many of the world’s top businesses choose us as their trusted IP adviser, and have done so for more than 125 years.
We manage a vast number of trademark and patent files, and protect and enhance our clients’ trademark and patent assets in more than 100 countries through our prosecution services in Canada, Russia and China, as well as through our global network of associate relationships.
Our team has expertise on contentious and non-contentious IP services across a range of industries, and many of our professionals hold specialist expertise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of expertise enables us to better understand your business and help you realise the full value of your IP.
Year after year, the firm’s IP professionals and practice groups are recognised by some of the world’s most respected legal publications, receiving top rankings in global and country-based publications.
Comprehensive service offering
Outside of our IP service offering, Gowling WLG is equipped to advise clients in virtually every area of law relevant to business. We see this as one of our core strengths and a key differentiator from other IP service providers, whether they are full-service firms or boutiques.
Clients who work with us can be assured of a holistic approach to their business goals and legal advice that focuses on innovation, results and value.
Maucher Jenkins comprises UK, German and European patent and trade mark attorneys, attorneys at law and IP litigators, with offices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and China. Its attorneys represent global clients in a range of industries who wish to identify, establish, protect, exploit and enforce their IP rights in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Our reputation extends internationally, as does our expertise, covering a wide range of industry sectors.
The patent team’s expertise includes preliminary investigations and due diligence on securing a patent; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the UKIPO and European Patent Office; conducting searches to avoid infringement; defending patent infringement claims and pursuing infringement litigation when opposing, reviewing, evaluating and managing patent portfolios; monitoring competitors’ portfolios; and advising on how to obtain patent protection worldwide.
The trade mark team advises on the registrability of new brand names and logos, conducts searches to locate any potentially conflicting third-party rights, files and prosecutes trade mark applications and acts on behalf of clients in relation to any disputes.
Our attorneys can also look at design protection for new and innovative product shapes with an eye to identifying copyright and registrable or unregistered design matter that can strengthen an overall portfolio of rights. Our IP litigators handle disputes in the English Courts as well as managing multi-jurisdictional cases in Europe at the General Court and Court of Justice. The attorneys in Munich and Freiburg handle disputes in different regional courts across Germany and up to the level of the Bundesgerichtshof.
Network Memberships: Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of IP (AIPPI), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), American IP Law Association (AIPLA), BioIndustry Association (BIA), British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), MARQUES, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
Maucher Jenkins is the joint trading name of RGC Jenkins & Co in the UK (regulated by IPReg) and Maucher Jenkins Patentanwälte & Rechtsanwälte in Germany.
At Greaves Brewster we’re proud to have a distinct approach, mindset and location. It means we’re able to do things a little differently. It also might be why our clients say that we’re the most open, transparent and easy to deal with IP practice out there. We believe every interaction with your attorneys should be simple and straightforward.
We are committed to providing excellent, client-driven service and to enjoy doing so. Our aim is to add value to our clients’ businesses, whilst charging a fair price for our work. We believe in working efficiently, utilising technology and simplifying processes wherever possible. We are flexible, we adapt to our clients’ needs, rather than expecting them to fit in with our way of working.
We are experts in all aspects of IP prosecution, including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent, trade mark and design applications, as well as strategic management of our clients' IP portfolios. We are sought out for our experience of oppositions and appeals and are well known for providing clear cut, commercially relevant advice, particularly in relation to freedom to operate and due diligence.
We believe that it is possible to be successful whilst still acting in an ethically sound and satisfying manner. Whilst we continually act to maximise our clients’ business gains, when it comes to measuring our success, we do not believe financial gain to be the most important factor. We are committed to supporting the practice diversity of our staff, encouraging them to work on matters that are valuable and intellectually stimulating, as well as financially rewarding. We actively choose to work with clients and companies who share our purpose.
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.