Shahrzad Esmaili Partner

Speaks:  English

Registered Patent Agent: 2008 - United States

Registered Patent Agent: 2007 - Canada

Primary phone: +1 416-862-5750

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Shahrzad Esmaili

Shahrzad Esmaili is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office working in the Intellectual Property (IP) Group.

A registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States, Shahrzad has over 13 years of experience in patent prosecution and drafting, with an emphasis on patent and design applications relating to business methods, electrical and computer inventions, biomedical devices, mechanical devices, and consumer products. She also has significant experience in drafting freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity opinions for clients in view of potential litigation issues.

Shahrzad is regularly involved in educating start-up clients in the Toronto and Waterloo Region on developing their IP portfolios. Her strong technical background and skill-set in computer and electrical engineering is a particular asset to her high-tech clients operating in these areas.

Shahrzad's clients value her responsiveness, attention to detail and interest in strategizing to achieve optimal patent protection that is in line with their business needs.

Prior to entering the patent field, her professional experience included developing optical network solutions for clients of a large telecommunications firm.

Shahrzad has both a master of engineering (computer networks) and a master of applied science (electrical engineering) from Ryerson University. During her graduate studies, she was awarded various academic honours, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for high academic standing.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

    • Community
      Advisory Council, Ryerson University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      Who's Who Legal: Patents 2016
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Registered Patent Agent, United States
  • 2007

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Registered Patent Agent, Canada
  • 2004

    • Education
      Ryerson University, MASc, Electrical Engineering
  • 2002

    • Education
      Ryerson University, MEng, Computer Networks
  • 2000

    • Education
      University of Toronto, BASc, Electrical Engineering


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, IEEE Women in Engineering
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association; member of the Business and Software Methods Committee
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Member of the Women in IP subcommittee
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)


Co-author. "A Global Perspective on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility and Software-Related Inventions," Intellectual Property Owners Association, November 20, 2019.

Speaking engagements

Speaker, "Patent - Decoding Software Patents Post-Alice," 2019 Technology Law Spring Forum, Canadian Technology Law Association, June 2019.

Patent Expert, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference, "Ask an Expert" session, Toronto, May 2017.

"Patent/IP for Tech Professionals," presented at the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2015.

"Is My Invention Patentable? Conducting an Effective Patentability Search," presented to Department of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University, Toronto, February 2015.

"Hot Topics for Patenting Your Invention," presented to the IEEE Toronto Section, Toronto, February 2015.