Martin Bourgeois Patent Agent Trainee

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - New Brunswick

Primary office:  Ottawa

Martin Bourgeois

Martin Bourgeois is a patent agent trainee in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the Intellectual Property Group. Martin assists with the drafting and prosecution of applications in the areas of optics, electronics, software, telecommunications, advanced materials and instrumentation.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Martin worked as a physicist and a lawyer. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics, where he specialized in lasers, crystals and sensors. Martin’s experience includes work with an engineering team designing and developing optical instrumentation for an international clientele of laser laboratories and equipment manufacturers. He also taught a university-level course in introductory optical and quantum physics.

After successfully completing a number of technical research projects, Martin pursued his law degree. He practiced insurance and commercial litigation in New Brunswick before moving to Ontario to focus on intellectual property and patent prosecution.

Martin also holds a private pilot’s licence and a drone pilot’s certificate.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, New Brunswick
  • 2015

    • Education
      U. Moncton, JD Law
  • 2006

    • Education
      U. Laval, PhD Physics
  • 2001

    • Education
      U. Moncton, MSc Physics
  • 1998

    • Education
      U. Moncton, BSc Physics
  • 1997

    • Education
      Moncton Flight College, PPL (Private Pilot Licence)


  • College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Optica (formerly OSA, the Optical Society of America)


  • M. Bourgeois, Some Applications in Optics: Generating, Guiding and Absorbing Light with Anodic Aluminum Oxide, Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual International Anodizing Conference and Exhibition, Tempe, AZ, 2011
  • A. Haché, M. Bourgeois, "Ultrafast all-optical switching in a silicon-based photonic crystal", Applied Physics Letters, 77, 4089, 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • M. Bourgeois, Ways to Print on Anodized Aluminum, International Hard Anodizing Association’s Fourteenth Technical Symposium, Budapest, Hungary, 2012
  • M. Bourgeois, A. J.-B. Kpetsu, C. Lavigne, P. Merel, R. Provencher, R. A. Lessard, Optimizing crystallization in RF-sputtered YBCO thin films, Canadian Association of Physicists 58th Annual Congress, Charlottetown, PEI, WE-P1-3, 2003