Intellectual Property: Overview

Osler is home to “a spectacular IP department.” Our top ranked Intellectual Property team is renowned for its diverse strengths including excellence in IP litigation, expertise and innovation in Patent and Trade-mark Prosecution, portfolio advising and management, and unmatched experience in helping realize the value of IP portfolios in mergers, reorganizations and other business transactions.

Osler’s Intellectual Property team is also “one of the most sought-after teams in Canada for general IP litigation” – notably, members of the team are among a select group of Canada’s “top cross-border litigators.” This international reputation for excellence in Canadian IP litigation has been built on our winning trial record representing some of the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical companies, technology, biotech, life science, electronics, consumer products, entertainment, sports, food services, franchise and many other international and domestic innovators in resolving their ongoing patent, copyright and trademark disputes in Canada. Clients, large and small, come to us initially for our deep legal knowledge, counsel and scientific and technical expertise, but they recommend us constantly to colleagues and other professionals because we offer:

  • Client Service Excellence: Unmatched responsiveness, accessibility and service.
  • Project Management: Meticulous and efficient management of matters.
  • Corporate Experience: A core group of the IP team spent years working in the corporate environment which intensifies our ability to provide practical, efficient advice and service.
  • IP Technology: Long-standing and continuing investment in IP technology allows us to respond accurately and rapidly to clients on all questions related to ongoing or historical matters.

Osler’s Intellectual Property Department offers IP expertise and service across a breadth of specialty areas, with significant expertise in areas as diverse as bio-technology, aeronautics, chemistry, and mechanical, chemical and software engineering. Ask us about:


  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • ADR
  • Copyright Litigation
  • PM(NOC)
  • Patent Litigation
  • Settlement
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trade-mark Litigation
  • Trials

Patent, Copyright & Trade-mark Prosecution

  • Applications
  • Due Diligence
  • Transactions involving IP
  • Licensing & Other Commercial Services
  • Industrial Design
  • Opinions
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Rights

Copyright & Trade-mark

  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • Anti-Piracy
  • Domain Name Litigation and UDRPs
  • False Advertising


The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory cites Osler as being "repeatedly recommended" by our clients and peers for expertise in IP matters. According to sources in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business our team is "one of the eminent groups in Canada…at the top of their game." Members of the team are among a select group of Canada’s "top cross-border litigators" in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. IAM 250 World Leading Patent Litigators, IAM Life Sciences 250: The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators, and the IAM Patent 1000 recognized members of our team as world leading patent practitioners. The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 recognized four of our lawyers in Intellectual Property Law. Six members of the team were ranked as leading trade-mark lawyers in 2014 World Trademark Review 1000 and Benchmark Canada 2014 acknowledged members of our team as leading intellectual property litigators in Ontario. Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides recognized a member of the team in Women in Business Law 2014 – Trade Mark Canada. Our IP Group was also honoured with Managing IP’s "Milestone Case" award for Canadian Patent Law at their 2013 North America Awards.

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Intellectual Property