R. Nelson Godfrey
Nelson Godfrey is a senior associate practising out of Gowling WLG's Vancouver office.
Nelson is an intellectual property lawyer and strategic adviser for domestic and international clients operating in a wide range of industries, including computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, clothing and retail consumer products, entertainment, and alcoholic beverages.
Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) as a "Rising Star" in IP law and by The Best Lawyers in Canada for IP law, Nelson has particular experience in contentious disputes in all areas of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and trade secrets. Nelson regularly represents clients on contentious matters before the Federal Court of Canada, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Trademarks Opposition Board.
Nelson is also an experienced trademark procurement professional, assisting clients with clearing, protecting and enforcing their brands in the Canadian market, and managing trademark portfolios for Canadian and international clients. He also advises clients on contractual and other legal considerations associated with the development, licensing, and transfer of intellectual property assets in various fields.
Nelson spends time sparring outside of the courtroom as well, having many years of experience in several disciplines of fencing.