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Gowling WLG wins big at MIP North America Awards, with Christopher Van Barr named Canadian Litigator of the Year

March 24, 2017

At this year’s Managing IP North America Awards, presented last night in Washington, D.C., Gowling WLG was named “Canadian Firm of the Year” in both the patent prosecution and trademark prosecution categories. In addition, partner Christopher Van Barr was named “Canadian Litigator of the Year,” a highly prestigious honour.

Hosted annually by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), one of the world’s foremost international intellectual property publications, the awards distinguish the leading IP firms and practitioners across North America.

Gowling WLG’s patent and trademark teams in Canada have a long history of success when it comes to implementing effective IP prosecution strategies. From clearing new trademarks and managing international trademark portfolios, to commercializing patents and industrial designs, our award-winning IP practitioners leverage their deep industry expertise to achieve positive results for clients time after time.

MIP also named partner Christopher Van Barr “Canadian Litigator of the Year.” Regarded as one of Canada’s leading patent litigators, Van Barr has unique expertise in complex patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. He is regularly recognized by the world’s top legal publications and rankings organizations — including Chambers Global, Lexpert, and Benchmark Litigation — and was named Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year at the LMG Life Sciences Awards in 2014.

Van Barr and Omar Nassif both attended the ceremony to accept the awards on behalf of the firm.

Earlier this month, Gowling WLG was named "U.K. Patent Contentious Firm of the Year" and nominated for "Global IP Firm of the Year" at the Managing IP Global Awards. The firm also earned top-tier recognition across Canada, the U.K., Russia and the UAE in MIP’s “IP Stars” rankings.

With in-depth and far-reaching expertise in patentstrademarks, brands and designs, IP litigation and more, Gowling WLG’s Canadian IP Group has been protecting and defending the intangible assets of its clients for more than 125 years.

Home to one of the largest and most highly regarded IP teams in Canada, leading practices in the U.K., Russia, China, France, Germany, Singapore and the UAE, and a global network of IP associates, Gowling WLG can assist you with your intellectual property needs in jurisdictions around the world. Learn how we can help you


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