Roch J. Ripley
Roch Ripley is a partner in the Vancouver office of Gowling WLG and the head of the Vancouver office’s intellectual property department. Roch devotes his practice to intellectual property and technology law.
Roch delivers strategic advice on how to economically procure and enforce intellectual property rights with a view to helping smaller clients position themselves for investment or acquisition, and to helping larger clients establish portfolios that can be asserted offensively or defensively, and leveraged in licensing programs. He has particular expertise and experience helping clients in the information technology (including blockchain and VR/AR/MR), energy and clean technology sectors.
Roch is registered as a patent agent in the United States and Canada, and combines this legal expertise with his degree in electronics engineering to prepare and prosecute patent applications for his clients in key markets such as the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada. He also regularly leads the intellectual property-related due diligence and negotiations for transactions where intellectual property is an important aspect.
Roch spends a considerable amount of time connecting with technology entrepreneurs to learn about their businesses and to stay abreast of trends and concerns relevant to them. Whenever possible, Roch introduces his contacts to each other to help facilitate the next business deal, job offer or product.
A significant portion of Roch's practice is also directed at helping foreign attorneys file Canadian patent applications. In this regard, Roch leverages his knowledge of foreign patent laws to highlight the unique aspects of Canadian patent practice, such as those related to computer-implemented inventions, and is careful to contain costs by deferring to the analysis of an instructing attorney when possible.
Roch is a past chair of the Information, Communication & Technology Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He has spoken on intellectual property topics at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and SAIT Polytechnic, and for the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Technology Law Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Roch is a published author both online and in traditional print media.
Roch practises through RJR Legal Services Law Corporation.