Robert A. MacDonald Partner Trademark Agent, Co-leader - Intellectual Property Group


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1983 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0150

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: robert.macdonald@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa




Robert A. MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is a partner and trademark agent in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG, and serves as co-leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Group.

Robert specializes in assisting clients with clearing, protecting and enforcing their brands in the Canadian market. He has over 30 years of experience in all areas of trademark law, including prosecution, licensing, oppositions and litigation.

Robert is known for taking a collaborative, team-based approach to the delivery of legal services. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks), and also served on its Committee for the Certification of Specialists in Intellectual Property.

As a leader in his field, Robert consistently achieves recognition in prominent legal directories. He is listed in Chambers Global 2018 and Legal 500 Canada 2018 for Intellectual Property, and was a recipient of a 2018 Client Choice Award for his commitment to client service and ability to find practical solutions to complex problems. Client commentary on Robert in support of the award included:

"Rob and his team never let the client down; they are responsive, fast, diligent, detailed and attentive to client needs." … "Rob is sharp, knowledgeable and responsive; he provides practical, business-oriented and reliable advice."

Robert's insight is frequently sought as a speaker at events held by the LSUC, as well as other prominent groups such as the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). He is an active member of various organizations and is currently the Chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Team within MARQUES, the Association of European Trade Mark Owners.

Robert has served as a lecturer for the Advanced Practical Trademarks Course offered by McGill University and the IPIC. He also shares his expertise with others by regularly contributing articles to a variety of professional publications.

In his spare time, Robert has a keen interest in music and has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra for many years.

Career & Recognition

One of the most respected practitioners in Canada - a 'rare breed' and among the very best on account of his combination of deep trademark prosecution expertise and enforcement expertise.
- World Trademark Review 1000
  • Rankings & Awards
    February 2018
    Chambers Global 2018
  • Rankings & Awards
    January 2018
    World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2018
  • Rankings & Awards
    December 2017
    Legal 500 Canada 2018
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      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015
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      Chambers Canada 2016
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      November2015
      Legal 500 Canada 2016
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      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
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      September2015
      The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
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      September2015
      Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2015
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      July2015
      Who's Who Legal 100, 2015
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      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
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      July2015
      Managing Intellectual Property 2015
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      April2015
      Chambers Global 2015
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      April2015
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015
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      February2015
      The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      February2015
      World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals , 2015
  • 2014

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      October2014
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
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      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      September2014
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2014
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      September2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
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      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
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      June2014
      Managing IP's Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014
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      April2014
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014
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      April2014
      Chambers Global 2014
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      February2014
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2014
  • 2013

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      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
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      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      September2013
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2013
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      August2013
      Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2013
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      July2013
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
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      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
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      April2013
      Chambers Global 2013
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      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
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      February2013
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)
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      2013
      Expert Guides' The Best of the Best
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      2013
      Expert Guides' The Best of the Best
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2012
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012
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      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
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      July2012
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
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      June2012
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
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      May2012
      Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2012
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      April2012
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2012)
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      April2012
      Chambers Global 2012
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      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2011
      Who's Who Legal 2011
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      June2011
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - The definitive guide to trademark legal services (2011)
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      May2011
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers , 2011
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      May2011
      Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2011
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      March2011
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2011
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      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
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      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
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      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
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      February2010
      PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook , 2010
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      February2010
      Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , 2010
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      2010
      World's Leading Trade-mark Practitioners, Expert Guides
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2009
      Trade-mark expert, World Trademark Review
  • 1998

    • Rankings & Awards
      1998
      World's Leading Trade-mark Practitioners, Euromoney Legal Group Guide, 1998-present
  • 1983

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1983
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1981

    • Education
      1981
      University of Ottawa, LLB
  • 1978

    • Education
      1978
      Carleton University, BA