World Trademark Review ranks Gowling WLG among the top international firms in WTR 1000 2021

16 February 2021

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has named Gowling WLG as one of the top 26 international trademark firms in WTR 1000 2021.

Gowling WLG was recognized as having leading domestic practices in Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as a leading foreign practice in China.

Notably, the firm once again achieved gold tier status in Canada (Firms), Russia (Enforcement and Litigation, and Prosecution and Strategy) and the UAE (Firms).

WTR 1000 is regarded internationally as one of the most trusted guides to the top trademark firms and professionals around the world. The results are based on a comprehensive vetting process that includes feedback from professionals, clients and in-house counsel.

Throughout this year's guide, the firm received excellent feedback across all its offices – a testament to the firm's trademark strength in jurisdictions around the world.


"A mighty firm in Canadian and international trademark practice, Gowling WLG is a prolific filer that can also be entrusted with the most complex strategic advisory, contentious and transactional mandates. Deep insight, boundless resources and global reach give it a major advantage over competitors."


"One of the few international firms with a legal representative office in Guangzhou, Gowling WLG serves companies with their sights on the industrial core of China. Working with a hub-based strategy, the [firm] maintains close relationships between its offices internationally and has developed a strong local network to offer comprehensive IP services."


"Gowling WLG focuses on intellectual property 100% in Russia, to superb effect. It handles local brand protection, enforcement and commercialisation with poise and gives clients easy access to rich resources around the world, as an integral component of a 200-strong specialist team spread across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America."


"Held in high esteem by peers and clients, Gowling WLG enjoys an outstanding reputation in the United Arab Emirates. The team always goes the extra mile; for example, "its training sessions for in-house counsel are extremely engaging and really beneficial."


"The UK base of Gowling WLG is a tentpole of its global IP offering. Regularly involved in major cross-border litigation, the group also acts as a hub for clients' worldwide brand strategies and earns plaudits for its "commerciality, commitment to getting results, international network and approachable and practical advice."

In addition to the firm rankings, the following 39 Gowling WLG trademark professionals worldwide earned a total of 47 listings across multiple areas:


Monique M. Couture
Tania D'Souza-Culora
Christopher J. Pibus

Enforcement and Litigation
James H. Buchan
Monique M. Couture
Scott Foster
Kelly Gill
Robert A. MacDonald
Laurent Massam
Christopher J. Pibus
Kevin Sartorio
Martha J. Savoy

Ronald Dimock

Prosecution and Strategy
Stuart C. Ash
Shelagh Carnegie
Monique M. Couture
Margaret A. Fitzpatrick
Douglas Fyfe
Lori K. Hall
John G. Leckie
Robert A. MacDonald
Eric Macramalla
Jennifer L. Morton
Frank Mulock
Susannah Rolston

Robert A. MacDonald
Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel


Jamie Rowlands
Jian Xu


Céline Bey


Manuela Finger


Enforcement and Litigation
Maria Aronikova
Alexander Christophoroff
Marina I. Drel
Yulia Yarnykh

Prosecution and Strategy
Maria Aronikova
David Aylen
Yulia Yarnykh


Rachel Armstrong
Jon Parker


Enforcement and Litigation
Alexandra Brodie
John Coldham
Huw Evans
Gordon Harris
Kate Swaine

Prosecution and Strategy
Daniel Smith
Kate Swaine

About our IP group

Gowling WLG is a full-service firm comprising 1,400 professionals with strength across all areas of business law and litigation. With leading IP practices in Canada, China, the UAE, the UK and Europe, Russia and Singapore, and a network of trusted agents worldwide, we help IP owners overcome complex obstacles and optimize new opportunities – wherever business takes them. Learn more about our global IP team

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