Rapid advances in new technologies have led to a host of unique and unprecedented challenges to protecting innovation. To confidently stake a claim and mitigate long-term risk, organizations need a highly skilled team of legal problem-solvers with extensive patent law experience and a history of successfully protecting and enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights.


Gowlings patent professionals provide expert counsel and effective representation on all aspects of patent work. Our IP practice received the highest ranking in Canada from Chambers and Partners, and Managing Intellectual Property named Gowlings the 2012 Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year. For a full listing of our IP rankings, please visit our Rankings & Recognition section.

Our national team works with domestic and international companies, universities and research institutes to successfully file, commercialize and enforce their patents and industrial designs. From start-ups to multinational organizations, our team has an unrivalled reputation for industry insight. With many of our legal professionals also holding advanced scientific, medical and engineering degrees, we consistently provide our clients with tailored and effective solutions across a broad spectrum of technologies.

Through our extensive network of international associates, our professionals regularly coordinate and direct the prosecution of patent applications worldwide and frequently represent leading national and global technology companies before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Our expertise includes:

  • Drafting and filing patent applications
  • Customized strategies for national and international patent prosecution
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Licensing and other commercialization strategies
  • Negotiating and preparing licenses and agreements
  • Patent audits
  • Patent infringement and validity-related opinions
  • Litigation and enforcement
  • M&A, purchase/sale, financing and other transactions involving IP assets


Our professionals regularly lecture at universities and training workshops, speak at conferences and publish articles on matters relating to technology-specific issues in patent protection.

We also share our valuable insights on IP and patent issues through the IP Report, a newsletter that provides the latest news and updates on intellectual property and patent issues. To subscribe to IP Report, please click here.

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