Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel Partner Trademark Agent

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2006 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7109

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel

Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner specializing in intellectual property law.

Natalie has a broad range of experience in all aspects of IP litigation, with a focus on contentious work in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyright. She has acted for clients from various industries including retail, cosmetics, manufacturing, financial services and pharmaceuticals. She is dedicated to understanding her clients' business interests and goals, developing an effective litigation strategy and advising them toward favourable outcomes in each case.

She has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and proceedings before Canada's Trademark Opposition Board. Natalie has also had great success in representing her clients in mediation. She can be depended on to negotiate and craft strategic settlement agreements that maintain protection of her clients' intellectual property.

Natalie is also a registered trademark agent in Canada, and her practice involves advising clients on the acquisition, protection and enforcement of their trademark rights in Canada.

Natalie actively participates in writing on new developments in intellectual property law. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review, author of the "Patent Enforcement" chapter in Life Sciences Law in Canada and regularly contributes to a monthly newsletter entitled Legal Alert. She is also a member and serves on committees of several professional associations, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section) and the International Trademark Association. She also sits on the CLE Board of the American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section).

In 2017, Natalie was named a Lexpert "Rising Star - Leading Lawyer under 40" for being at the top of the legal profession in Canada - in recognition of her professional achievements as well as contributions to the community.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Natalie received her M.Sc. in civil engineering from Queen's University under a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholarship, and worked as a structural engineer. She is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario.

Career & Recognition

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  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada


  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel (Panelist) "Beyond the high: An international perspective on branding in the cannabis industry" (Association of Corporate Counsel, Nov. 19, 2019)
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel & Trevor Newton "Intellectual Property For Innovation in Cannabis Sciences" (speakers at the Canadian Cannabis Sciences, Research and Innovation Symposium, April 2019)
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel (Speaker) "Beyond the High: A Global View on Brand Considerations for Cannabis" (Panelist at the 2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference, April 2019).
  • Jennifer Ko & Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel "Corporate IP Strategy: Protecting Knowledge Assets During the Business Life Cycle" (Webinar presented as part of the CBA's Skilled Lawyer Series 2017).
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel (Moderator) "The dos and don'ts of parallel litigation and prosecution" (CBA IP Day 2017).
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, Anita Nador & Larry Cox "Composites Innovation and Intellectual Property Protection" (Presentation at The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, Oct. 13-16, 2014).
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz & Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, "Trade Secrets and Confidential Information: Law, Protection and Enforcement" (Paper presented to the 6th Annual IT Law Spring Training Program, May 2006).
  • David Aylen & Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, "Expert Evidence in the Courts", (Paper presented to the CBA Advocacy Program, May 2006).


  • Jasleen Chahal and Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, 'Newspaper Trademark Saga Highlights Key Principles for Distinctiveness,' International Trademark Association (INTA) Bulletin, Vol. 74 No. 7 (April 15, 2019).
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, "Improved access to justice for trade mark owners in Canada," Financier Worldwide (April 2012).
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, "The Supreme Court of Canada Re-examines the Canadian Approach to Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions," Intellectual Property, Volume XIV, No. 4 (2009).
  • Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, Case Summary: Ratiopharm Inc. v. Laboratories Riva Inc. 2006 FC 889, (2006), IPIC Bulletin, Vol. 7 (September/October 2006).
  • Ken Clark & Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, "Patent Enforcement" in Adrienne M. Blanchard & Jane B.H. Steinberg, Life Sciences Law in Canada, looseleaf (Thomson Carswell, August 2006).

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03 December 2018 Cannmart acquires