Michael Crichton

Gowling WLG - Canada


2600 - 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1C3


Patent star 2022




Practice areas:

Patent litigation
Patent strategy & counseling
Trade secrets/confidential information

Industry sectors:

Computer technology & services

Michael Crichton is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and the former Canadian leader of Gowling WLG's Intellectual Property Litigation & Strategy Group. Michael has well over a decade and a half of experience as an intellectual property litigator and strategic adviser. Both his domestic and international clients consist of companies engaged in a wide range of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, communications, and related technologies.

Recognized in Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal, IAM Patent 1000, Legal 500, Managing IP's Patent Stars and The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, Michael has appeared as trial counsel in a number of patent litigation proceedings. Michael also regularly acts for clients involved in disputes concerning complex trade secrets and software copyright enforcement. In addition, Michael is a registered patent agent and formerly professor of intellectual property litigation and patent law at the University of Ottawa. In 2017, Michael was named a Lexpert “Rising Star – Leading Lawyer under 40” for being at the top of the legal profession in Canada – both in his law practice and in the community.

Year Joined Firm: 2001


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Carleton University

Network Memberships: LES, IPIC


Last updated 27 April 2021