Intellectual Property

Stikeman Elliott’s Intellectual Property Group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the practice of this area of law. This dynamic and highly creative team of professionals brings a vast range of training and experience to this and related practice areas. We provide our clients with innovative solutions to help them exploit their intellectual property to the fullest extent and in as many markets as possible, while reducing potential risks associated with said exploitation.

Stikeman Elliott counsels Canadian and foreign clients on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright – in Canada and abroad. We understand that intellectual property is an integral part of our clients’ assets, and its successful protection and exploitation is critical to their success. In addition to advising clients on the registration, licensing and assignment of intellectual property rights, we have been increasingly called to assist clients with the intellectual property implications of advanced technologies. To this end, the group provides critical strategic and legal support in the negotiation of confidentiality, commercial, research, and employment agreements setting out the intellectual property rights of business enterprises, their founders, employees, and contractors.

Stikeman Elliott is uniquely positioned to help clients obtain effective remedies, through the courts or alternative dispute resolution procedures, for disputes arising from the development, sale, purchase, and use of intellectual property in all its forms. Our litigators are experienced at all levels of court and before all relevant intellectual property tribunals in Canada, including the Copyright Board, the Trademark Opposition Board, the Patent Appeal Board, and the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.

Our Expertise

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Data protection
  • Distribution agreements
  • Document records
  • Due diligence
  • e-Commerce
  • Franchise agreements
  • Industrial designs
  • Infringement, cancellation, opposition and enforcement proceedings
  • Joint development agreements
  • License agreements
  • Medical devices
  • Opinions (freedom to operate, patentability, trademark registrability and infringement opinions)
  • Patents
  • Public policy
  • Registration of trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and copyrights
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Research agreements
  • Security interests
  • Software agreements
  • Supplier agreements  
  • Title searching
  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Intellectual Property
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Dispute Resolution
  • Canada M&A Law Firm of the Year and Canada M&A Deal of the Year – 2019 Americas M&A Atlas Awards
  • Americas Restructuring Deal of the Year – 2019 Americas M&A Atlas Awards