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Intellectual Property

For over 125 years, Gowling WLG has been helping the world’s top organizations maximize their intellectual property and protect what makes them unique. We can help you overcome every challenge on the way to market by strategically defending and enforcing your intangible — and invaluable — assets.

With one of the largest and most highly regarded IP practices in Canada and a global network of IP associates, Gowling WLG embraces a culture of innovation. We like to think differently about your IP issues, and are committed to finding efficient solutions that meet the specific needs of your business.

Industry-specific experience

Gowling WLG has extensive experience in managing global IP portfolios across a range of industries, and many of our professionals hold specialized expertise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of unparalleled legal talent and in-depth industry knowledge enables us to better understand your business and help you realize the full value of your IP — from patents and trademarks to brands and industrial designs.

Leaders in our field

Our intellectual property professionals have been shaping IP law for decades. Not only does Gowling WLG file more trademarks and patents than any other law firm in Canada, but we're also counsel of record for more litigation cases than any other firm. We manage tens of thousands of files and protect and enhance our clients’ IP assets all over the world. Gowling WLG is also home to Canada’s leading advertising and product regulatory law practices.

Global reach

To maximize our global reach, we've built an extensive network of local counsel in jurisdictions across every continent. We manage our clients’ global IP portfolios with direct involvement on substantive issues, while delegating and overseeing the handling of jurisdiction-specific matters to experienced local counsel. This approach ensures that we deliver the highest quality service while remaining cost-efficient.

Full-service support

Our international, full-service platform gives you access to the experience and expertise of over 1,400 professionals who can advise on any legal issue that may arise in the context of your business.

Learn more

You can depend on Gowling WLG to deliver practical, effective legal advice to help you grow your business and advance your vision. To learn more, please contact Robert MacDonald or any member of our team.

General filing inquiries

For inquiries pertaining to IP prosecution filings or patent/trademark application filings, please contact us at

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Robert A. MacDonald
Robert A. MacDonald

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