Roch J. Ripley
Roch Ripley* is a partner at Gowling WLG, the head of the Vancouver office’s Intellectual Property Department and a member of Gowling WLG's Hydrogen Group. He focuses his patent prosecution practice across multiple technology-related sectors, including e-commerce, AI, VR/AR/MR, clean technology, and hydrogen.
Routinely ranked among Canada’s leading lawyers, Roch complements his IP law experience with a sophisticated educational background in electronics engineering, as well as a deep understanding of the latest trends, opportunities, and obstacles shaping the world of technology.
Clients particularly regard Roch for his strategic and economic approach to the procurement and commercialization of IP rights — whether in the context of helping SMEs position themselves for investment or acquisition or assisting larger companies in establishing portfolios that can be asserted offensively or deployed defensively. He is highly skilled in drafting and obtaining patents, and leading IP-related due diligence and negotiations for transactions where intellectual property is a driver.
A registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, Roch frequently helps non-Canadian patent attorneys around the world file patent and design applications in Canada. In doing so, he leverages his broad knowledge of international patent and design laws to highlight the unique aspects of Canadian practice (such as subject matter eligibility of computer-implemented inventions) and provides targeted and insightful advice to those attorneys and their clients.
In the community, Roch is past chair of the Coquitlam Foundation and of the Information, Communication & Technology Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and regularly presents and publishes on intellectual property and technology law.
*Practises through a law corporation.