IP Litigation & Strategy

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The protection and promotion of your intellectual property assets requires strategic thinking, careful planning and constant vigilance. When your intellectual property (IP) is threatened, you need a law firm with the global strength to pursue claims around the world.

If you want to engage a team that knows how to defend your IP anywhere in the world, and takes a shoulder-to-shoulder approach to client relationships, Gowling WLG should be your first choice.

IP litigation is a core strength of our firm, and we know how to get results for our clients. From 'bet the company' IP litigation to the smallest skirmish, we work with you to obtain outcomes that fit your individual business objectives.

Gowling WLG has been a leading IP litigation firm for over 100 years, and our professionals are ranked globally as leaders in their field. Many of our people have engineering or scientific backgrounds, which provides us with the critical technical analysis for patent and trade secret cases. From pharmaceuticals to software, our team understands your technology.

Our services include the following:

Copyright, design and trade secrets

  • Copyright litigation and advocacy
  • Design right litigation
  • Trade secret enforcement and defence - both litigation and pre-litigation


  • Patent enforcement and defence
  • Patented medicines advice and litigation, including listing
  • Data package exclusivity
  • Product life cycle issues, including regulatory
  • Protecting innovator rights
  • Licensing - both litigation and pre-litigation
  • Related competition issues


  • Trademark enforcement and litigation
  • Border enforcement
  • Impeachment and cancellation
  • Anti-piracy and enforcement (civil and criminal)
  • Comparative advertising litigation

We have experts based in areas where you need them. The lawyers in our Moscow office have extensive experience enforcing and protecting IP rights in the Russian courts, before the antimonopoly authorities, and with various governmental law enforcement agencies, including customs. Our European team has won cases in the European Court of Justice, the UK courts, the German courts and the Paris courts.

In Canada, our litigators are counsel of record in more Federal Court proceedings than any other firm, and appear continuously in patent and trademark matters at all levels of Canadian courts.

Our team in China has vast experience enforcing patents, utility models, designs and trademarks in the Chinese courts. We use all available avenues - including administrative procedure and the customs system - to achieve results for our clients.

The team in the UAE has extensive experience enforcing and protecting IP rights both in the UAE and throughout the Middle East, including before national courts and through enforcement authorities, including Customs.

Global protection by people who understand your business. You can trust Gowling WLG to protect your IP - so please get in touch with us to find out how we can help you.

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