Alex S. Ross Counsel


Year of Call: 2003 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 905-540-3243

Fax: +1 905-523-2528

Email: alex.ross@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Hamilton


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Alex S. Ross

Alex S. Ross is a lawyer and registered Canadian patent agent. He gained valuable experience early in his career working as an in-house intellectual property lawyer at IBM Canada. Alex delivers a full range of IP services to a wide variety of clients – from startups to multinational companies – with a focus on the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton and the Niagara Region, and he works with both Innovate Niagara and Hamilton's Innovation Factory. His work encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs.

Alex's patent practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, preparation of patent infringement and validity opinions, and advising on patent strategy, with a focus on mechanical devices (including fitness equipment) and computer and information technology. He has a particular interest in the application of copyright and trademark law to a number of specific fields, including computer software and comic books, and he teaches the seminar "Comic Book Law: What Creators Need to Know" at Fan Expo Canada, Canada's largest comic book convention.

Outside of the office, Alex is an accomplished competitive bodybuilder in the Masters Men's Physique category, having won first prize at OPA and CPA regional events, and competed at the national level.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Community
       2014
      Instructor, Business Law, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 2012

    • Career
      February 2012
      Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • 2008

    • Career
      January 2008
      Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • 2007

    • Community
       2007
      Instructor, Business Law/Information Technology Law, Ryerson University (Chang School)
  • 2005

    • Rankings & Awards
       2005
      Marie F. Morency Memorial Prize - Proficiency in patent application drafting in 2004 Patent Agents’ Qualifying Examination (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2005
      J. Edward Maybee Memorial Prize - Highest standing in 2004 Patent Agents' Qualifying Examination (Patent and Trademark Institute Educational Foundation)
    • Career
       2005
      Senior Attorney, IP Law, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • 2004

    • Education
       2004
      Registered Patent Agent
  • 2003

    • Rankings & Awards
       2003
      Law Society Second Prize - Third highest grades in Bar Admission Course (Law Society of Upper Canada)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2003
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2002

    • Education
       2002
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 1999

    • Education
       1999
      University of Toronto, BASc, Industrial Engineering