We will work with you to help you obtain strong patent and trade-mark rights, as detailed below.
We can help you achieve registration throughout the world through
our international network of associates. In cases of infringement
or forms of litigation, we can call upon experts with whom we have
a close working relationship, and seamlessly transfer the matter
to their care when appropriate.
Although our practice primarily focuses on patents and trade-marks, we also offer similar services in the area of copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies.
We can draft, file and handle the
prosecution of your patent applications in Canada, including PCT
(Patent Coorperation Treaty), and assist you in determining the best
strategy for obtaining patent protection. In cases of infringement,
we can collaborate with professionals from leading firms
specializing in intellectual property litigation, and provide
assistance to our clients' counsel in such matters as needed.
Specifically, we can:
conduct a "state of the art"
patent search for Canada and the United States; conduct
patentability searches for Canada; advise on the patentablity of an
invention; draft patent applications for filing in Canada and
elsewhere; coordinate the payment of maintenance and renewal fees in
Canada and elsewhere; deal with the prosecution of patent
applications in Canada and elsewhere draft and comment on licences
and assignments, and advise on questions of validity and/or
infringement of patent rights.
We can draft, file and handle the prosecution of your trade-mark
applications in Canada through to registration, and assist you in
determining the best strategy for securing a strong registration. We
can also help you acquire trade-mark protection elsewhere in the
world, and in cases of infringement, we can collaborate with
professionals from leading firms specializing in intellectual
property litigation, and provide assistance to our clients' counsel
in such matters as needed.
Specifically, we can:
conduct availability searches of
the Canadian Trade-marks Register; render registrability assessments
based on our search reports; file and prosecute the application
through to registration; advise as to the best strategies to achieve
registration in the event that objections are raised at the
examination stage; represent our clients before the Canadian
Trade-marks Opposition Board in Opposition proceedings; advise on
suitable strategies to defend a registration against third-party
Opposition or summary cancellation proceedings (Section 45 of the
Act); direct a notice to the Canadian Trade-marks Office to expunge
a mark based on non-usage; register trade-marks as domain names and
advise on issues related thereto; advise on issues regarding
licenses and mutual consent agreements; advise on questions of
validity and/or infringement of trade-mark rights notify our clients
when their registered trade-marks must be renewed, and assist in the
selection of new trade-marks.