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Robert A. MacDonald
Partner, Trademark Agent, Co-leader - Intellectual Property Group

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1983 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Robert A. MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is a partner and trademark agent in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG, and serves as co-leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Group.

Robert specializes in assisting clients with clearing, protecting and enforcing their brands in the Canadian market. He has over 30 years of experience in all areas of trademark law, including prosecution, licensing, oppositions and litigation.

Robert is known for taking a collaborative, team-based approach to the delivery of legal services. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks), and also served on its Committee for the Certification of Specialists in Intellectual Property.

As a leader in his field, Robert consistently achieves recognition in prominent rankings guides. He is listed in Chambers Global 2015 for Intellectual Property, and was one of only 30 trademark professionals worldwide to be included in Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2013. He was recognized in the 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Robert has also been ranked as a top trademark professional in the World Trademark Review 1000, which identifies the world’s leading trademark professionals through extensive qualitative research. Within the publication’s 2013 edition, he was described by his clients and colleagues as:

“A gentleman ... a wonderful teacher, extremely generous with his knowledge and simply a superb trademark lawyer.”

Robert’s insight is frequently sought as a speaker at events held by the LSUC, as well as other prominent groups such as the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). He is an active member of various organizations and is currently the Chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Team within MARQUES, the Association of European Trade Mark Owners.

Robert has served as a lecturer for the Advanced Practical Trademarks Course offered by McGill University and the IPIC. He also shares his expertise with others by regularly contributing articles to a variety of professional publications.

In his spare time, Robert has a keen interest in music and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra for many years.


"One of the most respected practitioners in Canada — a ‘rare breed’ and among the very best on account of his combination of deep trademark prosecution expertise and enforcement expertise."
World Trademark Review 1000, 2012

Featured insights & resources

Trademarks year in review — 2015

Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 2, 2016

Brand new strength: Canadian trademark law changes to give brand owners more enforcement muscle

Monique M. Couture, Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 1, 2015

Canadian trademark law: Top cases of 2014

Jennifer Galeano, Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

December 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015

2015

November 2015

Chambers Canada 2016

2015

November 2015

Legal 500 Canada 2016

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

September 2015

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015

2015

September 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2015

2015

July 2015

Who’s Who Legal 100, 2015

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

July 2015

Managing Intellectual Property 2015

2015

April 2015

Chambers Global 2015

2015

April 2015

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

February 2015

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015

2015

February 2015

World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals , 2015

2014

October 2014

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

September 2014

Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2014

2014

September 2014

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

June 2014

Managing IP ’s Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014

2014

April 2014

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014

2014

April 2014

Chambers Global 2014

2014

February 2014

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2014

2013

November 2013

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

2013

September 2013

Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2013

2013

August 2013

Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2013

2013

July 2013

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013

2013

July 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013

2013

April 2013

Chambers Global 2013

2013

February 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013

2013

February 2013

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)

2013

2013

Expert Guides' The Best of the Best

2013

2013

Expert Guides' The Best of the Best

2012

December 2012

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012

2012

July 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

2012

July 2012

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012

2012

June 2012

PLC Which Lawyer? 2012

2012

May 2012

Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2012

2012

April 2012

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2012)

2012

April 2012

Chambers Global 2012

2012

February 2012

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012

2011

December 2011

Who’s Who Legal 2011

2011

June 2011

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 — The definitive guide to trademark legal services (2011)

2011

May 2011

Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers , 2011

2011

May 2011

Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2011

2011

March 2011

PLC Which Lawyer? 2011

2011

February 2011

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011

2011

February 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011

2010

February 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010

2010

February 2010

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010

2010

February 2010

PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook , 2010

2010

February 2010

Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2010

2010

2010

World's Leading Trade-mark Practitioners, Expert Guides

2009

July 2009

Trade-mark expert, World Trademark Review

1998

1998

World's Leading Trade-mark Practitioners, Euromoney Legal Group Guide, 1998-present

1983

1983

Year of Call, Ontario

1981

1981

University of Ottawa, LLB

1978

1978

Carleton University, BA

Robert MacDonald
Profile highlights

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Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is a partner and trademark agent in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG, and ser...

Robert MacDonald
Featured insights & resources

Trademarks year in review — 2015

Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 2, 2016

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Trademarks year in review — 2015

Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 2, 2016

Canadian trademark law: Top cases of 2014

Jennifer Galeano, Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 1, 2015

Brand new strength: Canadian trademark law changes to give brand owners more enforcement muscle

Monique M. Couture, Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 1, 2015

Robert MacDonald
Profile highlights

#
Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is a partner and trademark agent in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG, and ser...

Insights & Resources

Client Work

Robert MacDonald
Profile highlights

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Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is a partner and trademark agent in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG, and ser...

Robert MacDonald
Featured insights & resources

Trademarks year in review — 2015

Robert A. MacDonald

Article February 2, 2016

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