Marc Richard Partner Leader of Life Sciences Group, Canada

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2004 - Ontario

Primary office:  Ottawa

Marc Richard

Marc Richard is a partner in the Gowling WLG Ottawa office, practising in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyright, with a particular focus on patent litigation. Marc has acted for clients on numerous patent matters relating to pharmaceuticals, as well as matters relating to oil and gas, electronics, food products, agriculture, mining, consumer goods and manufacturing.

Marc appears regularly as an advocate before the Federal Court and has presented before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior and Divisional Courts, and the Trade-Marks Opposition Board. Marc has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and assists in the preparation of and response to applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Marc has represented clients in a number of patent infringement trials, applications and proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, judicial review proceedings, references as to damages, as well as trade-mark, copyright and domain name disputes. He also advises clients on regulatory and administrative law matters relating to pharmaceuticals and other products, including the listing of patents on the Patent Register. In addition, Marc assists clients in obtaining patent and trade-mark protection in Canada as well as assessments relating to infringement and validity. Marc is also experienced in advising on licensing and settlement agreements relating to intellectual property.

Marc has a background in biochemistry and has experience working in molecular biology and virology laboratories.

Marc has lectured in patent law and litigation practice as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law. He has also acted as a volunteer duty counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario and is involved in multiple youth sports organizations as a volunteer and coach.

Marc is bilingual (English and French).

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association    
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Law Society of Ontario